Howard University Athletics announced Tuesday that it has canceled the remainder of the men’s basketball 2020-21 season out of caution amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The team played five games before pausing play amid a number of positive coronavirus cases on the roster.

“We had several team members test positive in January, and were forced to place the program on hold, cancel several games and finally cancel our season,” said head coach Kenneth Blakeney. “It was and remains the right thing for us to do. Ultimately, our number one priority is to ensure the health and safety of our student-athletes, both mentally and physically. Canceling the season is in the best interest of the team at this time.”

The athletics department said it will maintain the current schedules for all other varsity sports programs while adhering to D.C. and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocols.

“Fortunately, this gives our student-athletes the opportunity to finish their academic year strong while demonstrating their resiliency upon their return,” Blakeney said. “We are Bison Strong; we will get through this together.”

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