Walter Taylor scored 24 points to lead Florida A&M over Howard, 91-71, in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game. The visitors played without star forward Larry Spriggs, who aggravated a back injury Friday night.

Howard, suffering its first league loss, dropped from sole leadership of the conference into a three-way tie for first with the Rattlers and Bethune-Cookman. All have 3-1 league records. Howard's record is 9-6 overall, while the Rattlers are 11-5.

Taylor, who connected on seven of eight from the field and 10 for 10 from the foul line, was complemented by Paul Grady's 22 points and Darrell Spence's 20.

James Ratiff lead the Bison with 24 points and James Terry had 23.

Howard Coach A.B. Williamson said his team's cause was hurt severely when leading Bison rebounder and second leading scorer Spriggs could not play because of back problems he aggravated in Howard's 66-56 win over Bethune-Cookman Friday. Florida A&M outrebounded Howard, 30-19.

In addition, the Rattlers shot a 61.1 percent from the field (36 of 57) and connected on 19 of 21 shots from the foul line compared with Howard's 30 of 65 and 11 of 17.

After the score was tied, 8-8, in the early going, the Rattlers outscored Howard, 12-2, midway in the first half, with Grady doing most of the damage inside. Florida A&M took a commanding 44-27 halftime lead and never was threatened.

The Rattlers almost always limited Howard to one shot and went on to open up a 25-point lead, 77-52, with just over five minutes remaining.

The only bright spot for Howard was an abnormally low nine turnovers, compared with A&M's 21.