Junior forward Robert Riddick scored all 13 of his points in the second half last night as Howard University broke a school-record 11-game losing streak by defeating the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, 97-80, in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game at Tawes Gymnasium in Princess Anne, Md.
Howard had lost 19 of its last 20 games dating from last season.
The Bison (2-15, 1-5 in the MEAC) got their highest scoring output of the season, as Riddick's points helped them maintain a 14-point advantage throughout most of the game.
Howard's running game was effective, scoring on several layups and dunks. It used a 14-4 run midway through the first half to take control of the game.
Sophomore guard Milan Brown (19 points) and senior forward Tracy King (17) were the main ingredients in that run.
Maryland-Eastern Shore (4-11, 2-3) got no closer than eight points in the second half. Guard Sean Salisbury led the Hawks with 15 points.
"We played well and the defense was the reason why we won," said Howard Coach Butch Beard. "Everybody on the team made a contribution."
West Virginia 84, GW 80:
In Morgantown, W.Va., the Mountaineers overcame a 15-point first-half deficit to win the Atlantic 10 game at West Virginia Coliseum.
The Mountaineers (9-6, 5-2 Atlantic 10), who won their 20th straight at home, were led by freshman forward Pervires Greene's 18 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists.
The Colonials (9-7, 3-5) were led by sophomore forward Sonni Holland (17 points, eight rebounds).
The lead seesawed throughout the second half. The Colonials tied the game at 79-79 as Holland sank two free throws with 2:15 remaining. But the Mountaineers' Jeremy Bodkin answered with a 15-foot jumper to give West Virginia the lead for good, 81-79.
Matt Nordmann converted one of two foul shots, pulling the Colonials to 81-80 with 1:25 left. Greene then was fouled with 31 seconds left and made both free throws, increasing the lead to 83-80.
After the Colonials missed a three-point attempt, Greene controlled the ball and was fouled with 17 seconds left.
N.C. Central 68, Bowie St. 56:
At home, the Bulldogs (7-10, 2-9 CIAA) were led by Bennie Dollard's 14 points. Aquila Matthews and Brett Givens each scored 11. The Eagles (4-14, 3-9) were led by Clifton Daye's game-high 24.
Capitol 63, Goucher 54:
Sophomore forward Keith Alvarez scored 19 points to lead the Chargers (7-9) to their second straight victory. Freshman guard Jerry White scored a game-high 21 points for the visiting Gophers (3-9), who have lost three straight.
St. Mary's 95, Marymount 73:
St. Mary's had five players score in double figures, led by Jason Slaughter's 20-point effort in the home victory. Quentin Hillsman added 16.
Shenandoah 79, Mary Washington 73:
The visiting Hornets (13-3) got 23 points from Eugene Baltimore. Richie Treger led the Eagles (5-10) with 14.