WASHINGTON (AP) -- Jamar Smith scored 26 points to lead Morgan State in a 69-51 win against Howard on Saturday.
Marquise Kately added 14 points for Morgan State (10-8, 5-1 MEAC).
Morgan State never trailed in the game, although they didn't take complete control until the second half. Leading 29-23 at halftime, the Bears opened the second half with a 16-2 run.
Morgan State eventually built its lead to as many as 22 points, but Howard made one late push. The Bison cut the lead to nine points, 55-46, with 5 1/2 minutes left. Morgan State then scored the game's next 10 points to end Howard's comeback hopes.
Howard had 20 turnovers -- leading to 25 Morgan State points -- to Morgan State's 10.