It’s been eight long weeks since Howard last won a game. The Bison who opened their season with a 47-45 win over Oregon State have lost 12 in a row heading into the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference season.
Howard, which hasn’t played at home in more than a month, has the scheduling misfortune of opening its conference season on the road. The Bison (1-12), who are 0-7 on their opponent’s home court, play at Florida A&M (2-10) on Saturday. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. Then they travel to Bethune-Cookman (7-7) on Monday for the final game of their nine-game road trip.
Scoring has been a problem for Howard this season. The Bison rank 325 out of 330 Division I teams, averaging just 55.4 points per game. They have scored more than 70 points only twice this season.
Howard Coach Gil Jackson has tinkered relentlessly with his lineup, trying to find a combination that produces more points. Nine of the 10 players who have played for the Bison this season have started a game, and every player is playing 12 minutes or more per game.
Eugene Myatt is the only Howard player with a double-figure scoring average. The senior guard averages 13.2 points per game. Chris McHenry earned MEAC rookie of the week honors after averaging nearly 14 points per game in the Bison’s last four games. The freshman guard is the team’s second-leading scorer at 9.6 points per game.
Florida A&M’s two wins have come against Morehead State and Kennesaw State. The Rattlers have their own scoring woes, averaging just 58.8 points per game. They have scored 70 points in a game only once. Senior forward Lamar Twitty leads the team with 10.2 points per game.
January 9, 2009; 5:55 AM ET
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