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.
5-star prospect Juzang will reclassify into 2019
Five-star prospect Johnny Juzang said he will reclassify from 2020 into the 2019 class.
Atlanta gets 2020 Final Four, Div. II, III finals
The return of the men's Final Four to Atlanta in 2020 also will bring the Division II and III championships back to the city.
5 names to know from the 2020 class
The new ESPN 100 for the Class of 2020 features dynamic prospects who are still developing their games. Here are five you should keep an eye on.