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.
Sacramento State dominates 2nd half for 81-56 victory
Joshua Patton was 8 of 11 from the floor for 19 points and Marcus Graves added 14 while dishing out 10 assists as Sacramento State shut down Division II Holy Names in the second half for an 81-56 victory on Tuesday night.
Rosga scores 22 points, Denver defeats Wyoming 90-87 in OT
Joe Rosga scored 22 points and made four consecutive free throws in the final nine seconds of overtime to help Denver defeat Wyoming 90-87 on Tuesday night.
Murphy, Minnesota outlast pesky North Florida 80-71
Jordan Murphy had 20 points and a season-high 18 rebounds, Isaiah Washington pitched in 14 points and 13 assists, and Minnesota outlasted North Florida 80-71 on Tuesday night.