Howard 65, S. Carolina St. 53

BY foxsports • February 8, 2011

Mike Phillips scored 17 of his career-high 26 points in the second half to lead Howard to its most lopsided victory of the season, 65-53 over South Carolina State on Monday.

Each of the Bison's prior four victories had been by four points or fewer.

In a game that featured five ties and four lead changes, Phillips helped the Bison (5-18, 3-7 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) take the lead for good midway through the second half.

Phillips, Howard's leading scorer at 12.7 points per game, took over with the Bison trailing 40-36. During an 18-6 run, he scored 10 points, finishing it on a bank shot with 3:56 left to extend the Bison's edge to 54-46.

Phillips also was 10 of 10 from the free-throw line. Howard hit 17 of 19 free throws in the second half to help put the game away and the Bulldogs (6-17, 2-8) never got closer than four points over the game's final five minutes.

The Bison entered the game shooting 37.4 percent from the floor, but hit 50 percent in the second half in winning their third game in four outings. Dadrian Collins had 19 points, and Alphonso Leary had 12 points and eight rebounds for Howard.

Khalif Tombs was the only South Carolina State player in double figures with 13 points. The Bulldogs have now lost eight of nine.

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