Senior guard Jeff Williams and junior forward Earl Smith each scored 10 points to lead Howard over Coppin State, 59-46, tonight at Community College of Baltimore.

The Bison won their 13th game in the last 14 and improved their overall record to 15-6. Coppin State fell to 8-14.

Howard shot 50 percent from the field in the first half (14 of 28) to take a 28-23 halftime lead. Smith scored eight of his 10 points during the period.

After Coppin's Mark Carroll, who scored a game-high 14 points, narrowed the margin to 30-28 with 12:10 to play, Mike Jones scored six straight points, of his game total of eight, to make it 36-28.

Fred Hill (eight points) then scored consecutive baskets as Howard took a commanding 40-28 lead with 8:18 remaining.

"I think the spell when they (Coppin State) turned the ball over four straight times was the turning point in the second half," said Howard Coach A.B. Williamson. "Mike Jones in particular really gave us a lift."

Jones, in addition to scoring his eight second-half points, contributed three rebounds, three assists and three steals.

The Eagles did not help their cause as they shot 29 percent in the second half (seven of 24) and 32 percent for the game (15 of 47).

"We didn't shoot free throws particularly well, either 16 of 27 , and that's an understatement," said Coppin Coach John Bates. "We did a good job on the boards but you can't shoot free throws like that and expect to stay in the game." Coppin outrebounded Howard, 41-30.

The Bison didn't shoot free throws well, either: 11 of 22.