Senior forward Du’Vaughn Maxwell scored a team-high 19 points to help the Hampton University Pirates once again secure the title of “the real HU” and defeat the Howard University Bison, 81-78, on Feb. 22 at Burr Gymnasium in Washington, D.C.
It was the second time Hampton beat Howard this season, a feat Hampton students, fans and alum won’t let Howard forget—at least until next season rolls around.
The win also marked Hampton’s fourth straight win; they currently sit in second place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) with a 15-11 overall record, and 10-3 in the conference.
The game against Howard was tightly contested, and Hampton didn’t create any separation on the scoreboard until Howard fell into a shooting slump in the second half. Howard went more than 10 minutes in the second half without making a shot attempt, allowing Hampton to take a double-digit lead.
The Bison eventually came back to life and responded with their own scoring run to cut the lead to just one point with only seconds left in the game. Hampton then pushed their lead back up to three points after making two clutch free-throws, and Howard missed a three-pointer as the clock expired.
Howard freshman sensation James Daniel scored a career-high 38 points in the loss. Freshman forward Tyler Stone followed with 17 points for Howard, also a career-high.
Howard (6-21 overall, 4-8 MEAC) will face Norfolk State on Feb. 24 at Burr Gymnasium in Washington, D.C.