Howard hit 12 of 19 field goals and six of 10 three-pointers for the Tigers (1-8). Nelson made 9 of 14 free throws.
As a team, JSU made 44.8 percent of its field goals, hitting 30 of 67 tries, enough to overcome a lackluster effort from the free-throw line (22-of-37). The Tigers also had 17 steals but were outrebounded 53-37.
Raymond Gregory's layup tied the game 41-all two minutes into the second half. The Tigers took the lead for good, 46-44, when Sydney Coleman banked it in off the glass.
Jackson State beats Redhawks for first win, 91-82