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Morgan State 83, Howard U. 80

March 2, 1997

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Tremayne Byrd scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half and Rasheed Sparks added 14 of his 18 points after intermission as Morgan State edged Howard University 83-80 Saturday.

It was the regular-season finale for both Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference teams.

Morgan State (9-17, 8-10) put the game away with an 11-2 run midway through the second half that gave them a 58-44 lead with 10:41 remaining.

Byrd scored 8 points for the Bears during that run.

Howard (7-19, 7-11) cut the margin to 63-58 with 6:24 remaining, but Sparks scored 7 points during a 9-2 spurt that made the score 72-60.

Eric Dedmon scored a career-high 31 points for the losing Bison.

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