Howard hit back-to-back 3-pointers and then made a jumper to spark a 15-2 run that gave the Braves a 23-15 lead midway through the first half. Blue Mountain trimmed its deficit to four points but Patterson answered with a 3 and, a couple minutes later, Sterling scored eight straight points to ignite a 12-0 spurt that pushed the lead into double figures for good just before halftime.
Viktor Lorenzon had 13 points to lead Blue Mountain.
Freshman Kobe Wilson, who came in with 13 career rebounds, had four points and 11 boards for Alcorn State.
The Braves are 0-8 against Division I opponents this season.
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Zion Williamson poked the ball free with a clear path to the basket, the crowd rising in anticipation before he even reached midcourt.
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As a freshman, Arizona State's Kimani Lawrence made three 3-pointers.