Just one game involving a D.C.-area team Sunday …
FORTUNES RISING, TEAM
Howard. The Bison are on the board thanks to a 66-50 victory over Division II Wilmington. Forward Mike Phillips had 19 points and 12 rebounds for Howard, who improved to 1-5.
It’s been mentioned before and it’s worth stressing again: The success of Howard’s season will be dictated by how it does in January, February and March, but it has to be a relief to coach Kevin Nickelberry‘s team that it didn’t wait any longer for its first victory.
FORTUNES RISING, INDIVIDUAL
Calvin Thompson, Howard. He’s back. The senior guard scored 16 points off the bench after sitting out the last three games with a shoulder injury. Thompson’s return should a significant impact on the Bison’s offense; in three games without him, Howard averaged 53.3 points.
Winless teams remaining in Division I after Howard’s triumph on Sunday. Maine and Rhode Island also left the ranks of the winless with victories on Sunday.
BEYOND THE CORRIDOR
Hampton led for all but about a minute of the second half at UNC Wilmington. It just happened to be the wrong minute as the Seahawks edged the 0-5 Pirates 61-60.
George Washington looks to move over .500 when it plays host to Mount St. Mary’s in Foggy Bottom. … Up in Baltimore, Loyola (5-1) and Towson (3-2) meet in an intriguing Charles Street showdown at Reitz Arena. …
UMBC (1-3) travels to Marquette for what on paper is its most imposing game of the season. The Retrievers’ only other power conference opponent this year is DePaul. … Further afield, Norfolk State (2-4) visits Morehead State, which will be without suspended coach Sean Woods.
—- Patrick Stevens