The Spartans (13-17, 11-4 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) moved into a three-way tie with Hampton and Bethune-Cookman atop the conference standings. Norfolk State hosts Hampton on Thursday in the regular-season finale and the Wildcats play at Florida A&M.
Dan Robinson, who scored eight of his 10 points after halftime, made a layup and Mastadi Pitt hit a 3-pointer to give Norfolk State a two-point lead with 12 minutes left. Howard's RJ Cole made a layup about a minute later that made it 53-all, but Kyle Williams answered with a jumper before making a layup that capped a 9-3 spurt and the Spartans led the rest of the way. Zion Cousin's made two free throws to trim the Bison deficit to 76-74 with 24 seconds to play, but Nic Thomas and Steven Whitley combined to make 3 of 4 free throws.
Charles Williams had a season-high 32 points and Cole scored 21 with seven assists and four steals for Howard (9-22, 6-9). Williams, a sophomore, has six career 30-plus point games including four this season.
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|