Central Arkansas hands UIW its sixth straight loss

Senior Jordan Howard lived up to his reputation as one of the nation’s top scorers Wednesday night by pouring in a career-high 41 points in a 92-76 home victory for Central Arkansas over slumping Incarnate Word.

Howard, who ranks fifth in NCAA Division I in scoring, hit 11 of 22 from the floor, 4 of 9 on three-pointers, and 15 of 17 at the free throw line for Central Arkansas (9-9, 3-2).

Jordan Howard is the older brother of Marquette sophomore Markus Howard, who scored an NCAA season-best 52 points in an overtime victory at Providence last week.

Redshirt freshman Christian Peevy and junior Charles Brown III scored 24 points apiece for the Cardinals (5-9, 0-4), who lost their sixth straight game.

Trailing by 23 points at intermission, UIW out-scored Central Arkansas 25-9 in the first seven minutes of the second half to pull within 62-55.

But the Cardinals couldn’t sustain the run and got hit with an 18-7 run from the Bears to fall behind by 15, effectively putting the game out of reach.

UIW plays next on Saturday at Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches. Tipoff is at 6 p.m. on ESPN3.