The University of the District of Columbia broke a two-game losing streak by shooting 73.2 percent from the field -- 81.4 in two-point territory -- and beating Central State of Ohio, 97-61, last night at UDC's Physical Activities Center.

After dropping games to Kutztown and North Carolina Central, the Firebirds (6-2) won their 13th straight home game. The Marauders' visit to the capital hasn't been an enjoyable one. Coached by Bowie State graduate Raymond Burke, Central State was rattled by Howard on Thursday. It gets another shot at UDC on Feb. 13 in Ohio.

The Firebirds led, 13-11, after 5 1/2 minutes, then ran off to 20-11 as the Marauders (0-8) went four minutes without scoring. UDC had a similar drought, though, and Central State closed from 30-19 to 30-27 near the end of the half.

In the second half, behind the shooting of 6-foot-11, 280-pound center Robert Pollard, UDC quickly mounted a 43-33 margin and the rout was on. Two straight three-pointers by Lyndon DeBellotte increased it to 65-49 with 8:30 remaining. It was up to 83-59 with 3:16 to play.

Even though the Firebirds won by 36 points, Coach Wil Jones figured there is room for improvement. "We are just not smooth right now," he said. "We aren't doing the things I think we should be doing."

But he praised his first-year players: "I think my youngsters are playing real well." CENTRAL STATE Min FG FT R A PF T Boyd 23 2-6 3-4 4 0 1 8 Bryant 32 4-9 0-0 5 1 0 8 Manuel 31 5-12 6-7 7 1 3 16 Tay

Halftime: District of Columbia, 32-27.

Three-points goals -- Central State 2-8 (Boyd 1-1, Givens 1-3, Bryant 0-1, Pressley 0-3), District of Colum

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