MEAC News: Howard Basketball faces Austin Peay Saturday

Courtesy of Ed Hill, Jr., retired Howard University Sports Information Director

The Howard University men’s basketball team will be looking to get back to its winning ways when it takes on Austin Peay State University in a nonconference match Saturday (Nov. 26) inside the Winfield Dunn Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 3:30 pm (ET) and broadcasted on ESPN+.
It must be noted that the time was changed from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. to accommodate Howard’s flight and time schedule.
Bison Nation can follow all the action via ESPN+ and/or live stats.
Last season (Nov. 26, 2021), the two teams met for the first time at Burr Gymnasium and the Governors came away with a hard-fought 69-67 win.
Several players are contributing on the offensive end, led by sophomore guard Elijah Hawkins (Washington) averaging 14.3 points and 4.3 assists per game. Redshirt junior wing Steve Settle, III(Glenarden, Md./11.9 ppg), sophomore guard Bryce Harris (Brentwood, N.Y./9.0 ppg) and graduate guard Jelani Williams(Washington/8.3 ppg) have all factored into the Bison attack.
Sophomore guard Marcus Dockery(Washington/8.0 ppg), junior forward Jordan Wood (San Antonio/7.8 ppg) and freshman forward Shy Odom(Chatsworth, Calif./24 points in the last two games) have also added to the attack.
The Governors (3-3) had a three-game win streak stopped in a 79-65 loss at Bucknell. Austin Peay State is led by the trio of Shon Robinson (15.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg), Elijah Hutchinson (14.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg) and Caleeb Stone Carrawell (10.3 ppg).
But the game takes on more than just a nonconference game between the two schools:  there is some familiarity here.
Austin Peay State head coach Nate James and Howard head coach Kenneth Blakeney are former members of the Duke University men’s basketball family as both players and coaches.
The Bison (3-5) are coming off a 96-73 loss to Belmont in the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands.  Howard has been able to score but their opponents are shooting over 52-percent from the field, including almost 50-percent from the three-point line.
Howard continues its arduous early season road trek when it travels to New Haven, Conn., to take on Yale Wednesday (Nov. 30) at 7 p.m.

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