The University of the District of Columbia overcame some sluggishness last night to beat visiting St. Paul's, 92-80, for its 11th straight victory.

It was UDC's 19th consecutive victory at home, dating back to last season. The Firebirds raised their season record to 18-3.

"We were definitely a little lackadaisical," UDC guard Antonio Harris said. "After beating North Carolina Central, it was tough to get up for this game. But the important thing is that we got a victory. I think we'll play much better against a better team."

Lyndon DeBellotte, Tim Stanfill and Vincent Copeland had 16 points each for UDC. Richard McLean added 11 points and Harris 10.

Anthony Gaston had 22 points, 14 in the second half, to lead the Tigers (7-15). Lindy Pickett had 20.

The Firebirds led for almost the entire game, but were unable to shake the Tigers. UDC used an 11-0 run to end the first half, turning a 35-31 lead into 46-31.

DeBellotte got the first basket of the second half and UDC led, 48-31. But thanks to the long-range shooting of Gaston (four three-pointers in the second half, six total), the Tigers stayed close and got within 78-74 with 4:38 left. Box score, Page C6