Howard University's three-day high spirits after breaking an 11-game losing streak were deflated last night by Coppin State, as the defending Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champion breezed to a 78-63 victory before a boisterous crowd of 2,700 at Burr Gymnasium.

After a 85-58 victory at Maryland-Eastern Shore Thursday, the Bison returned home to lose their eighth straight at Burr dating back to last season. They are 0-6 at home under first-year coach Butch Beard.

Howard (2-16, 1-6) has lost 22 of its last 24, but after playing the talanted Eagles (10-8, 6-1) even at 17-17 for 10 minutes, it seemed as if the Bison were determined not to revert back to their losing ways.

Coppin State, however, with Larry Stewart (26 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists) and Reggie Isaac (26 points) showcasing their open-court skills, turned up its play a few notches and led 33-28 at intermission.

"Once we started doing the things that we had to do, things started to go our way," said Stewart, who was last year's MEAC player of the year.

Julius McNeil led the Bison with 18 points; Skip Bynum had 13.

"We just didn't do the right things," said McNeil. "But we didn't come out aggressive like we should have in the second half. We just weren't ready to play. We didn't have that killer instinct."