Howard (3-7, 1-1) at Oregon St. (7-2) at 7 PM at Gill Coliseum / No TV / KEJO 1240 AM / KPAM 860 (Streamed)
The Howard Bison from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) visit Corvallis tonight to take on Oregon St. It's the fourth game of a five game home stand for the Beavers, and the only one not televised. Howard University is located in Washington, DC.
The Bison lost 73-71 Monday night at home to St. Francis. It was the second of their losses this season by 2 points. However, their other 5 defeats have all been by double figures.
Howard was led against St. Francis as usual by 6'7" junior forward Mike Phillips, who had a 16 point, 12 rebound double-double. Phillips leads the Bison in scoring, averaging 10.8 points per game, minutes played, over 29 per game, field goals taken and made, as well as offensive, defensive, and total rebounds, averaging 7.7 per game.
The Bison aren't a one man team, though, as 10 players average more than 10 minutes per game, and 6 average over 20 minutes. 6'3" junior guard Calvin Thompson, who came off the bench for 12 points against St. Francis, also averages 10.8 points per game.
The Beavers torched the Chicago-Illinois Flames 95-53 Tuesday night, behind 21 points by Roberto Nelson, who came off the bench and sank 5 three pointers. Jared Cunningham added 16 points, and both Devon Collier and Ahmad Starks had 12 points.
Last year, Oregon St. took an 84-74 win over Howard on Thanksgiving weekend Saturday in Washington, DC, overcoming a 33-32 halftime deficit. With President Barack Obama looking on, Omari Johnson led the Beavers, with 17 points, but both Cunningham and Joe Burton were close behind, with 15 points apiece. Starks came off the bench to add 13 more points.
The Bison went 6-24 last season. This is the start of a 2 game road trip for Howard that will include a stop-off to face Indiana Monday on their way back to the nation's capital.
Howard is another team Oregon St. should soundly defeat. The Beavers are overall taller than the Bison, but Howard does have greater productive depth, compared to Illinois-Chicago. That depth could come into play should Oregon St. struggle with foul trouble, which hasn't been an issue this season. A game long solid effort is what head coach Craig Robinson will be looking for.
It's also worth noting that the Bison were withing 4 points of #21 Georgetown on the Hoyas' court with 7 minutes to go last Saturday, before Georgetown pulled away to a 62-46 win.
If you aren't attending, here's the place to discuss what you hear in Mike Parker's always excellent call of the game on the radio, and share how your holiday season is going.