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.
Providence beats S. Carolina in Tip-Off tourney
David Duke scored 20 points to rally Providence to a 76-65 win over South Carolina and into the finals of the Air Force Reserve Tip-Off tournament on Saturday.
Flowers leads W. Michigan past NAIA Aquinas College 99-52
Michael Flowers scored 19 points and Western Michigan beat Aquinas College of the NAIA 99-52 on Saturday.
Sebree's career day leads FAU over Towson 85-71
Freshman Jaylen Sebree scored a career-high 21 points, including a go-ahead free throw, Jailyn Ingram added 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Florida Atlantic beat Towson 85-71 on Saturday in an Islands of the Bahamas Showcase matchup.