Howard recorded its fifth straight win in dramatic fashion, handing North Carolina Central a 71-67 loss in a comeback effort at Burr Gymnasium on Saturday evening. It looked out of reach for Howard, who were down by as many as 11 in the second half. However, its incredible late effort was enough to secure the win.
Elijah Hawkins scored 17 points to lead the way for Howard. That performance included an impressive 11 points in the second half to ignite the team down the stretch. As a team, Howard shot 26-of-50 from the field and 11-of-16 from the line to put up an average of 1.08 points per possession.
Brendan Medley-Bacon led the way for North Carolina Central, scoring 15 points. The Eagles shot 26-of-48 from the field and 3-of-12 from behind the arc. That netted out to an average of 0.97 points per possession, which wasn’t enough to win.
Both teams face their next test on January 31. Howard takes on South Carolina State in a conference clash, while North Carolina Central hits the road to meet Norfolk State. The Bison will look to earn another win on their home court. On the other side, the Eagles will get a shot to recover from this loss.
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