By: Anari Ormond, Contributing Writer
The Howard University Men’s Basketball suffered a tough loss Wednesday night against the University of Maryland Terrapins at Xfinity Center in College Park, Md.
Kofi Andoh, Solomon Mangham, Damon Collins, Tyler Stone, and James Miller opened the game with a 1-5 record.
The final score came in at 79 to 56 points, bringing the Terps’ record to 9-1, so far this season, and leaving Howard’s to tumble to 1-6.
“We were really confident,” said Mangham. “Coming off a good win against American and competing with some big teams early in the year, we knew we could play with those guys. The game just slipped away in the second half.”
The Terps were up by 7 at halftime with the score at 38-31 and cruised to the victory in the second half.
“We just got worn down as the game went on,” said Jamel Wright, the team’s manager. “JT [Miller] went out with another hand injury, which was the let down in the second half.”
Howard’s 6 foot 4 freshman, Charles Williams, led the team with his career high of 21 points. Mangham trailed behind with 16 points.
“Solomon and Charles both stole the show for the Howard side,” said Dominick Adams, a Howard student who traveled to Maryland to support the team. “The freshman Charles Williams showed us that he wasn’t scared to pull the trigger from behind the arc. I first saw Charles jump out of the gym at Bison Madness and knew that he could play!”
The Bison are struggling a bit without the Nation’s Leading Scorer, James Daniel III.
“We are looking forward to his return,” said Mangham. “We have been able to grow a lot early this season and some guys have got more opportunity to shine. But it will be great when he returns.”
Daniel is not sure when he will return to the court, however, he is paying close observation to his teammates.
“We have times where we are really clicking on all cylinders,” said Daniel, “but there are times where I can see where my expertise are needed.”
The Bison will face the George Washington Colonials (6-4) on Saturday at the Charles E. Smith Center in Washington, DC.