Howard University scored 11 straight points midway through the first half and began using a stall midway through the second half to defeat South Carolina State, 72-62, tonight in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game.

Bernard Perry scored 17 points and Rodney Wright 16 as Howard, playing without leading scorer and rebounder James Ratiff, who injured a knee in Friday night's 62-50 loss at North Carolina A&T, made 62 percent of its shots (28 of 48) and had a season-low four turnovers.

Howard led, 16-15, with 10:30 left in the first half when Perry started the Bison streak with a jumper. The 6-foot-5 junior guard had six of the 11 points as Howard increased its lead to 12 in less than 3 1/2 minutes. The Bison led, 41-28, at intermission.

With a 45-37 lead at the 16:35 mark of the second half, the Bison slowed the pace and pushed their advantage to 62-49 on Perry's layup with 4:35 left.

The Bulldogs (8-8, 6-3 in the MEAC) closed to 62-57 with 1:57 to play, Greg Wilson and Kirk Collier each making two straight shots. But Ed Snails, with four points, made sure Howard (8-8, 5-3) wasn't caught.