No one wanted to question the quality of the opponent at Burr Gymnasium last night. Howard University's basketball team was simply happy to have broken an eight-game home losing streak and give first-year coach Butch Beard his first victory on campus.

Howard, which last won at Burr on Feb. 8, 1990, routed Maryland-Eastern Shore, 114-80, in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game before 1,550.

Howard (6-18, 5-8) decided this game early, taking a 61-25 halftime advantage in winning for the fourth time in its last five games.

It was the third straight victory for the Bison, their longest winning streak since 1988.

Maryland-Eastern Shore (4-19, 2-10) couldn't slow Howard's fast break, trying a man-to-man defense in the first half and a 2-3 zone in the second.

"We played good team defense," said Beard. "I was hoping we could get one {victory} at home. I think they {the players} are coming around to the way they can play."

Robert Riddick and Ronney Gibbs scored 15 points each as the Bison scored their most points in one game since a 1972-73 victory over Wilberforce, 120-79.