The mark of a good team is often measured by how well it performs under adversity.

On the road, in front of a hostile sellout crowd, North Carolina A&T showed why it is a quality team as it pulled out a 93-86 overtime victory over Howard in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game last night at Burr Gymnasium.

Howard, down 22 points in the first half, and down 20 with 7:38 left, tied the score at 79 on a half-court three-point shot by guard Milan Brown at the buzzer.

North Carolina A&T (16-7, 9-4) had taken a 79-76 lead on a basket and free throw by Glenn Taggart (21 points) with three seconds left in regulation.

After the foul shot, Howard's Kelsey Sturdivant inbounded the ball to Brown, who hit the prayer, just inside the half-court line.

Howard took its first lead since 12-8 when Skip Bynum (18 points) made a three-point shot, giving the Bison their last lead at 82-81 with 4:28 left in overtime.

After Bynum's basket, North Carolina A&T ran off 11 straight points to take a 92-82 lead with 17 seconds to play after two Taggart free throws.

"In key situations, Coach {Don Corbett} wants me to handle the ball and score," said Taggart. "I feel I can handle the pressure."

The overtime run was keyed by defense -- a box-and-one on Bynum -- and guard Dana Elliott, who finished with 24 points.

The Aggies, who have won 10 in a row, beat Howard, 87-84, in overtime in a similiar game on Jan. 5 in Greensboro, N.C.

Howard (6-19, 5-9) looked beaten early as North Carolina A&T had a 32-6 run over 10:14 timespan, turning that 12-8 deficit into a 40-18 lead after a 17-foot jump shot by forward Jimmy Humphries with 3:36 to go. Then Howard made its huge run, only to fall short in overtime.

"I thought our kids got caught up in the hype of the game," said Howard Coach Butch Beard. "It's a tough loss, but we have two more games left."