WASHINGTON -- RJ Cole scored 24 points with five rebounds and eight assists and Howard beat Florida A&M 83-80 in overtime on Saturday.
The Bison (7-17, 4-4 MEAC) led all of overtime and a Dalique Mingo layup and two free throws by Charles Williams helped them take an 80-74 edge. FAMU's Desmond Williams cut it to 82-80 from the line with 29 seconds to go but Justin Ravenel missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds.
Charles Williams added 22 points and five rebounds for the Bison who are on a four-game win streak. Mingo had 12 points and six rebounds.
After a back-and-forth first half, 3-pointers by Cole and Charles Williams gave Howard a 56-49 lead with 11:21 to go in regulation. FAMU fought back, outscoring the Bison 12-2 in the final 5:25, and a Desmond Williams layup tied the game 74-all. Cole, Charles Williams and Mingo missed four shots in the final 18 seconds, forcing the overtime.
Desmond Williams led the Rattlers (4-21, 3-6) with 33 points and 13 rebounds.
Iowa State beats Texas Southern 85-73
Marial Shayok scored a career-high 26 points, freshman Talen Horton-Tucker had 26 as well and Iowa State held off Texas Southern 85-73 on Monday night for its third straight win.
Niagara wins season-opener, beats St. Bonaventure 80-72
Marvin Prochet had 20 points and 10 rebounds to help Niagara win its season opener with an 80-72 victory over St. Bonaventure on Monday night.
Youngstown State beats D-III Heidelberg 106-83
Garrett Covington scored 21 points, Olamide Pedersen had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Youngstown State beat Division III-member Heidelberg 106-83 on Monday night.