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Howard cruises to win over Maryland-Eastern Shore

Howard guard Charles Williams (13) dribbles the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Gonzaga in Spokane, Wash., Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

Charles Williams scored 28 points on Monday night, RJ Cole had 18 points, nine rebounds, six assists and two steals and Howard used three big first-half runs to pull away for an 84-56 win over Maryland-Eastern Shore.

Williams, a sophomore, has 16 games this season — and 27 in his career — with at least 20 points. Dalique Mingo added 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists and Jalen Jones had 10 points, 10 rebounds and four assists for Howard (7-19, 4-6 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference).

Tyler Jones gave UMES (6-20, 2-9) a 2-0 lead, but the Bison answered with a 9-2 spurt to take the lead for good. They added runs of 15-2, including nine points by Williams, and 23-3 — opened and capped by 3s from Cole and during which Jones scored eight points — before Mingo hit a 3 to make it 44-16 at halftime.

The Hawks trimmed their deficit to 13 points before Howard scored 21 of the final 27 points.

Eastern Shore made just seven first-half field goals and finished shooting 27.5 percent (19 of 69), including 2 of 23 from 3-point range.

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