Blackbirds Edge Bison, 71-66

Courtesy of Howard University | 11/22/2009, 8:20 p.m.

Connie James scored the go-ahead basket with 1:03 to play and Long Island (LIU) defeated Howard 71-66 at Burr Gymnasium on Saturday, Nov. 21. It was James€ last basket of the game and it proved to be the most pivotal as the Blackbirds held HU scoreless the rest of the game.

A lay-up by Kiara Evans with 23 seconds remaining pushed the LIU lead to three points at 69-66. Howard failed on an opportunity to tie the game on a missed 3-pointer, and the Blackbirds sealed the win when James converted a pair of free-throws with four seconds remaining.
The late baskets by James and Evans thwarted a Bison rally that saw them overcome a seven point first-half deficit. LIU (1-3) jumped out to a 26-19 lead before Howard would rally.

The Lady Bison used back-to-back baskets from Saadia Doyle and a Tamoria Holmes jumper to take a four point lead at 41-37 with 16:37 left in the second half. HU increased the lead to nine points before James and Heidi Mothershead helped trim the Bison lead to 62-61 with 2:48 to play.

Howard outscored LIU 20-4 in bench points and scored 24 points off of 16 Long Island turnovers. Zykia Brown had a game-high 20 points and Doyle finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds, her second double-double of the season. HU dropped to 0-3 with the loss.

Holmes added 14 points for the Bison. James paced LIU with 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field.

Howard next hosts Jacksonville on Wednesday, Nov. 25. Game-time at Burr Gymnasium is slated for 3 p.m.