After leading by as many as 12, the Bison (10-22, 7-9 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) needed a late run to hold off Coppin State.
Howard led by four at halftime after erasing and early lead for the Eagles (5-11, 5-26) with a 26-9 run.
After the break, the Bison gradually pushed their lead to 12 before an 11-0 Coppin State run closed it to within one. Minutes later, a Lamar Morgan layup and dunk put the Eagles up by three. Cole then tied it with a 3-pointer, sparking a 17-7 run in which the Bison shot 6 of 7 from the field, while the Eagles managed to hit just 2 of 8.
Karonn Davis had 28 points, 9 assists, and 8 boards for the Eagles, who dropped their fifth straight.
Jim Calhoun, who has a career record of 873-380 and led UConn to three national titles before retiring in 2012, has been hired as coach at Saint Joseph.
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott believes a tentative ruling making show-cause orders illegal in California would threaten NCAA membership for state schools.
Guard James Bouknight, ranked 87th in the ESPN 100, is the first player from the Class of 2019 to commit to UConn and first-year coach Dan Hurley.
|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|