Howard connected on 8 of 10 shots from the floor, allowing Detroit (13-8, 5-3 Horizon) to shoot 50 percent from the floor.
Loyola of Chicago (12-8, 2-5) had a 27-24 lead at halftime, but couldn't pull away or at least maintain its narrow advantage. It was its own worst enemy at times, committing 17 turnovers.
Christian Thomas led Loyola of Chicago with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Cully Payne scored 15 points and Ben Averkamp had 13.
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