The Broncos (12-9, 5-3 Mid-American Conference) scored 24 points off 12 turnovers in their 12th win in 13 games, and their third in a row over the Falcons (11-12, 6-3).
Western Michigan shot 41 percent (25 of 61), but allowed 43.9-percent shooting by Bowling Green (25 of 57). The Broncos overcame the shooting difference by outrebounding the Falcons 44-25.
Demetrius Ward added 15 points for Western Michigan, which led 60-55 with 3:50 left before going on a 7-4 run. Howard Jr.'s layup capped the spurt with 1:12 to play and the Broncos made all eight of their free throws the rest of the way to seal it.
A'uston Scott scored 23 points to lead the Falcons, whose three-game winning streak ended.