ORANGEBURG, S.C. -- Donte Wright scored 20 points, Janai Rayner-Powell scored 18 and got a crucial steal, and South Carolina State slipped past Howard for a 91-88 overtime victory Saturday.
A pair of free throws from Wright with 41 seconds left in overtime gave South Carolina State the lead for good, 89-88, and then Rayner-Powell got a steal, drew the foul and went 2 for 2 from the line to stretch the advantage to three. Howard's Charles Williams missed a 3-pointer at the other end and Ozante Fields hauled in the defensive rebound with eight second left to seal it.
The Bulldogs trailed by 12 at halftime but overtook Howard with 18-for-30 shooting in the second half. Wright finished 9 of 10 from the line, Damani Applewhite had 17 points and James Richardson got 12 for South Carolina State (6-12, 2-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference).
Howard (3-16, 0-3) forced overtime with a bucket from Kyle Foster with 33 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 76.
Williams finished with 28 points, R.J. Cole added 27 and Cameron Lewis had 10 for Howard, which shot 54 percent from the field.
Texas junior guard Andrew Jones is a limited participant in practice as he continues to regain strength following his diagnosis of leukemia, coach Shaka Smart said Monday.
Four-star point guard Jalen Gaffney made a verbal commitment to UConn on Monday, giving the Huskies their second ESPN 100 guard in the past two weeks.
Watts is one of the most dynamic scoring guards in the country and looks to develop his game under coach Tom Izzo's tutelage.
|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|