Bison Lose Heartbreaker To Rams
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Howard University men's basketball team appeared on its way to snapping a four-game losing skid when it led 57-53 with only 14 ticks left on the clock. But the Bison (5-20) managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by allowing Winston-Salem State to scored five points in 12 seconds and escape with 58-57 decision in a non-conference game at Burr Gymnasium.
After Howard's Eugene Myatt converted one of the two free throws to give his team a four-point lead, the Rams (9-14) came down and got the ball to Isiah Tucker, who nailed a three pointer and get his team to within one at 57-56 with 5 seconds left.
Then on the ensuing inbounds play, Howard turned the ball over to WSSU. The Rams called a timeout and set up a play. Following the timeout, Jamal Durham was fouled by Adam Walker, who calmly sank both free throws, giving his team the lead and ultimately the win.
"Those (mistakes) are due to lack of mental toughness," explained a disappointed Howard head coach Gil Jackson. "We have to learn to stay focused for 40 minutes and close out games."
Howard led, 27-23 at the half and maintained a 5 to 6-point lead though most of the second half. Curtis White, who had been a starter, came off the bench to scored 18 points while Myatt added 10.
WSSU was led by reserve Brian Fisher who had a game-high 20 points and Durham who contributed 10.
The Bison have little time to salve their wounds as they take on South Carolina State on Monday at 4 pm in Burr.
‘We just have to put this behind us quickly and get ready for SC State," said Coach Jackson.