Cole added seven assists and six rebounds.
Howard led 41-29 at the half, but NC A&T got the better of the Bison in the second half to force overtime. The Bison inched by the Aggies in the extra period to earn the two-point win.
Davaris McGowens scored a season-high 21 points for the Aggies (12-9, 5-1), whose five-game win streak was broken. He also had 14 rebounds. Aaren Edmead added 14 points. Femi Olujobi had 14 points and 16 rebounds.
Devonte Boykins, whose 9.5 points per game heading into the matchup ranked second on the Aggies, scored 3 points. He shot 20 percent from behind the arc (1 of 5).
Howard matches up against Maryland Eastern Shore (5-17, 1-6) on the road on Saturday. NC A&T plays NC Central (11-9, 5-1) at home on Saturday.
The cream of the crop of American high school basketball will congregate in Colorado Springs from Oct. 5-7, as USA Basketball unveils its newly expanded Junior National Team minicamp in collaboration with the NBA, NCAA and NBPA.
Top recruits are starting to take their official visits, meaning it's time to make some predictions about where they're leaning.
Missouri guard Cullen VanLeer is retiring from basketball after tearing his ACL in the Tigers' final regular-season game last season.
|North Carolina A&T||11-5||1||20-15|
|North Carolina Central||9-7||3||19-16|
|South Carolina St||6-10||6||10-22|