WASHINGTON -- RJ Cole scored 24 points with five rebounds and eight assists and Howard beat Florida A&M 83-80 in overtime on Saturday.
The Bison (7-17, 4-4 MEAC) led all of overtime and a Dalique Mingo layup and two free throws by Charles Williams helped them take an 80-74 edge. FAMU's Desmond Williams cut it to 82-80 from the line with 29 seconds to go but Justin Ravenel missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds.
Charles Williams added 22 points and five rebounds for the Bison who are on a four-game win streak. Mingo had 12 points and six rebounds.
After a back-and-forth first half, 3-pointers by Cole and Charles Williams gave Howard a 56-49 lead with 11:21 to go in regulation. FAMU fought back, outscoring the Bison 12-2 in the final 5:25, and a Desmond Williams layup tied the game 74-all. Cole, Charles Williams and Mingo missed four shots in the final 18 seconds, forcing the overtime.
Desmond Williams led the Rattlers (4-21, 3-6) with 33 points and 13 rebounds.
Rocket Watts, the No. 27 overall prospect in the 2019 class, has committed to Michigan State.
UNC Wilmington will open its preseason basketball practices at North Carolina due to lingering effects of Hurricane Florence.
Guard Miles Wilson has been dismissed from the Miami Hurricanes' men's basketball program for failing to meet team expectations.
|North Carolina A&T||11-5||1||20-15|
|North Carolina Central||9-7||3||19-16|
|South Carolina St||6-10||6||10-22|