Howard (6-18, 3-7 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) has won two in a row for the first time this season, beating South Carolina State 57-45 on Sunday, but had lost six of seven before beating the Hawks. Phillips also had six rebounds, three assists and two steals.
The Bison shot 41.2 percent from the field (21 of 51) to the Hawks' 26.7 percent (16 of 60), and 50 percent on 3-pointers (6 of 12) against 25 percent (3 of 12) for the Hawks. Howard made 15 of 23 from the line, Maryland-Eastern Shore 9 of 16.
Colorado State graduate transfer John Gillon has chosen Syracuse, giving the Orange a potential starter at point guard entering the 2016-17 season.
DeSean Murray, who averaged 20.2 points as a sophomore at Presbyterian, will transfer to Auburn to play for coach Bruce Pearl.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.
|South Carolina State||12-4||1||19-15|
|North Carolina Central||7-9||6||13-19|
|North Carolina A&T||7-9||6||10-22|