WASHINGTON, D.C. -
C.J. Prince came off the bench to score a game-high 21 points to
lead five players in double figures as Howard University pulled
away to a 75-63 win over Winston-Salem State University in a
non-conference men's game at Burr Gymnasium. The win snapped
a 14-game losing streak for the Bison.
The first half featured lead changes with neither team leading by more than seven. Howard was able to take a 37-34 lead to the locker room on the play of Kyle Riley, who tallied 11 of his 14 in the first stanza.
The Bison took control in the second half. It pivoted on an 18-9 run=2 0that opened a 55-43 lead at the 11:53 mark. The Rams (4-10) were able to get within eight at the 11-minute mark but from there, Prince had the answer each time WSSU threatened.
"He makes shots and he can make them in traffic or from the wing," said Howard Coach Gil Jackson. "He has a really complete game and he has brought a lot to this team."
A 6-3, 200-pound junior transfer from Maryland Eastern Shore, Prince connected on 5 of 8 from beyond the arc while hitting all six of his free throws for a career-high.
Howard also got significant contributions from senior forward/guard Randy Hampton, senior guard Eugene Myatt and junior center Paul Kirkpatrick, who combined for 21 of their team's 38 second half points.
Hampton, who is helping with ball-handling chores in the absence of freshman point guard Chris McHenry and Calvin Thompson, who are currently academically ineligible, added 14 points and seven rebounds, but more importantly, he proved to be a calming factor.
"He's a very versatile player and we need that," said Coach Jackson. "It is a big loss for us when he's not on the floor. We have to keep him healthy."
Myatt, who reached the 1,000-point plateau on his first basket, contributed 10 as did Kirkpatrick.
The Rams were paced by Brian Fisher and Paul Davis, who each scored 15 and Diontae, who added 11.
GAME NOTES: This was the third game that the Bison played without the services of freshman starting point guard Calvin Thompson, starting power forward Adam Walker and reserve freshman guard Chris McHenry...all three have academic issues that are being addressed...Myatt became the 18th player in school history to reach the 1,000 point mark...this was just the third game for Prince, but he has already scored 11 three pointers in three games...after averaging 24 turnovers in the previous two games, Howard had 14...despite having only nine players in uniform, the Bison bench outscored the Rams, 26-8.
NEXT UP: Howard hosts South Carolina State on Monday in a nationally televised game on ESPNU...tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.