Trevond Barnes added 17 points, shooting 6 of 8 from the field and hitting all five of his free-throw attempts for Hampton (11-14, 6-4 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference). Charles Wilson-Fisher had 12 points on 5-of-5 shooting and Malique Trent-Street scored 10.
The Pirates went nearly four minutes without a field goal as Howard trimmed a 13-point deficit to 78-72 when Dalique Mingo made a layup with 5:32 to play. A jumper by Fisher pushed the lead to 12 points and, after two free throws by R.J. Cole pulled the Bison within 84-75 with 3:21 left, Hampton used an 11-2 run -- including four dunks -- to seal it.
Cole had 27 points and six assists, and Charles Williams scored 23 points, for Howard (7-19, 4-6). The Bison have lost two in a row after a four-game win streak.
Hampton shot 55 percent (33 of 60) from the field, including 8 of 15 from 3-point range, and hit 21 of 24 free throws.
No. 16 Buffalo home for EMU rematch
Buffalo manhandled Eastern Michigan two weeks ago. The underdog Eagles get another chance to knock off the powerful Bulls on Friday.
No. 13 North Carolina runs into rested Miami (Fla).
North Carolina figured a few things out after a stunning defeat. Miami has had time to digest its latest rotation with a week off between games.
S. Dakota St. 78, North Dakota 74
— Mike Daum scored 34 points and grabbed a career-high 21 rebounds and South Dakota State beat North Dakota 78-74 on Wednesday night to win its fourth straight.