The Rattlers, playing without the team's leading scorer Jamie Adams, who was away on a family matter, managed to piece together the win with graduated minutes from several players. Head coach Clemon Johnson was just happy to get the win. "I kept telling everybody I knew that all we needed was the ball to bounce our way and we could win some games. Tonight it bounced our way and Trey was right there to put it back in," Johnson said.
In the first half, FAMU jumped out to an 11-4 lead on a Bradshaw three-pointer with 16:43 left in the first.
The Bison would use a 13-2 run to take a 17-13 lead, capped off by an Anton Dickerson three pointer with 8:41 left in the first.
FAMU would close the gap as they went into the break trailing Howard, 25-24 as the Rattlers outscored the Bison, 9-8 in the final eight minutes of the first half.
The Rattlers finished the first half shooting 35.0 percent (7-of-20), where the Bison shot 47.4 percent (9-of-19). Bradshaw paced the Rattlers in scoring as he finished with a team high 13 points, followed by Lewis with 10. Kellum led FAMU on the boards with 10, while Lewis dished out a team high three assists.
HU opened the second half with two quick scores to take a 28-24 lead on back-to-back baskets by Simuel Frazier and Okoroh.
The Rattlers tied the contest at 28-28 on a D'Andre Bullard layup with 16:57 left in game. Four minutes later, FAMU would take the lead on a Jomari Bradshaw three -pointer at 12:20 mark, giving the Rattlers a 36-35 lead.
Bradshaw would give the Rattlers the lead again as he nailed a three pointer with 5:40 left in the game, giving FAMU a 42-40 advantage.
Prince Okoroh tied the contest at 44-44 for the Bison with 2:02 left in the game. Howard would then take the lead with seven seconds left in the contest on an Alphonso Leary free throw, giving the Bison a 45-44 advantage.
Howard was led by Dickerson with a team high 11 points, followed Okoroh with nine. Leary led the Bison on the boards with 10, while Simuel Frazier finished with three assists.
FAMU finished the contest shooting 29.2 percent (14-of-48), while HU shot 38.9 percent (14-of-36). The Bison edged the Rattlers on the boards 34-33.
With the win, the Rattlers raise their record to 7-19 and 4-8 in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play, while the Bison lower their record to 6-20 and 3-9 in conference play.
The Rattlers will play next on Feb.25, as they will take on the Bulldogs of South Carolina State on Senior Night.