WILBERFORCE, OHIO, JAN. 20 -- Senior forward John Spencer scored 14 points to help Howard snap a two-game losing streak as it defeated Central State, 80-65, tonight before 1,800 at Beacom Gymnasium.

The Bison, who improved to 8-7, overcame a 36-33 halftime deficit by going to their inside game and getting the Marauders (4-13) in foul trouble. Howard converted 26 of 35 foul shots in the second half.

"We picked up our intensity in the second half," said Spencer, "and that's what made the difference."

Trailing, 45-44, with 13:51 remaining, Howard scored 12 straight points, capped by a pair of Spencer free throws, to take a 56-45 lead. Following a layup by the Marauders' Michael Minto, the Bison responded with a 7-1 run to take a 63-48 lead with 6:26 left.

After that, Central State never got closer than 13 points as the Marauders were forced to foul.

Jeff Holloman, Howard Spencer and Chuck Smalley added 13, 11 and 10 points, respectively, for Howard.

"It was a good win in front of a hostile crowd," said Howard Coach A.B. Williamson. "We needed this one to get us ready for our conference schedule."