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.
No. 8 Villanova set for title rematch vs. No. 18 Michigan
Villanova will face its toughest test yet this season when it hosts No. 18 Michigan Wednesday night at Finneran Pavilion as part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games.
Bichi Fuertes: 'Vengo a dar una mano'
El nuevo DT de Colón asume en reemplazo de Eduardo Domínguez.
Georgia's plane slides off runway, delaying trip to Philly until Tuesday
The start of Georgia's road trip to Philadelphia to play Temple was delayed until Tuesday morning after the team's plane slid off the runway Monday night.