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Howard U defeats South Carolina State, 65-53

On February 13, 2011

Mike Phillips scored a career-high 26 points in Howard University's big 65-53 win over MEAC-rival South Carolina State. Dadrian Collins 19 and 5 and Alphonso Leary pitched 12 and 8 in front of the home crowd at Burr Gymnasium.

 

South Carolina State closed the 1st stanza on a 19-9 hot streak. Howard held a narrow 3-point lead, 29-26. The Bison abused the smaller Bulldog defenders to stretch the lead in the second half with Phillips and Leary doing most of the damage. During the 2nd half, Howard connected on 50 percent of their shots from the floor and 89 percent from the free throw line.

 

Phillips was perfect from the charity stripe, hitting 10 for 10. "The free throws were big this game. We have struggled in the past but everyone stepped up tonight and we were able close out this game."

 

"We were not making our outside shots in the first half (2 of 9 from three-point range), so we decided to get the ball inside in the second half," explained Howard first year head coach Kevin Nickelberry.

 

Khalif Toombs scored 13 to lead South Carolina State in the losing effort. Omar Sanders chipped in 9 points and pulled down 7 rebounds.

 

The Bison go on the road to face North Carolina A&T, February 12 and Norfolk State, February 14. Howard returns to Burr Gymnasium to face Florida A&M on Friday, February 19. Compiled from HUSID

 

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