Indianapolis, IN—Charles Williams came off the bench to score a team and career-high 15 points and Marcel Boyd and Damon Collins added 11 and 10, respectively, but it did little to determine the outcome as Howard fell, 77-55 to IUPUI in the 2K Classic for Wounded Warriors Project.
The Bison (0-3) fell behind early as the Jaguars (1-2) shot 52 percent from the field and bolted out to a 39-23 halftime lead.
Howard missed 15 of its shots—including 0 for 9 from three-point range.
“These games are starting to feel like Ground Hog Day,” said a frustrated Howard head coach Kevin Nickelberry. “We have been plagued by the same issues to start each game. Foul trouble, inconsistency scoring and poor foul shooting. Boyd, Mangham (Solomon) and Miller (James) keep getting into early foul trouble, forcing us to play long stretches without them.”
As for the woes from the arc, it is clear that Howard misses James “J-Byrd” Daniel, III and his ability to knock down the three and create opportunities for his teammates.
“We have not gotten the easy looks or the three-point opportunities that this offense is accustomed to with Daniels and his backup, freshman Kai Tease (also out with an injury),” explained Nickelberry.
Boyd still managed to grab 8 rebounds to go along with his 11 points despite the foul trouble. Williams, a 6-4 freshman from Richmond, VA tallied his 15 points on 3 of 9 shooting from the field and 9 of 10 from the free throw line in 21 minutes He continues to show marked improvement each game. IUPUI placed five players in double figures led by Ron Patterson with 15, T.J. Henderson with 14 and Ron Patterson and Matt O’Leary with 11 and 10, respectively.
On a positive note, the Bison did do a better job at the free throw line (68 percent) and cut down on their turnovers (14).
“I have to keep coaching these guys up and realize that we are all frustrated and have to work through it together,” noted Nickelberry. “We spent the entire pre-season planning to play a certain way with certain players. We have had to scratch everything on the fly and play guys out of position. We will keep working through it and find an answer.”