Cole's jumper gave Howard a 69-68 lead with 6:29 remaining following Logan McIntosh's 3 for the Hawks and the Bison never trailed again. Kyle Foster added 13 points for Howard (6-17, 3-4 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference).
Miryne Thomas converted a 3-point play for the Hawks to tie it at 71 but Cole answered with a 3-pointer, made another 3 with 3:03 left and Howard led 79-73. McIntosh's jumper with the 2:55 to play ended the scoring for the Hawks who missed their last four field-goal attempts.
Thomas finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds, McIntosh had 17 points and eight assists, Jones scored 15 and Colen Gaynor had 10 for the Hawks (5-18, 1-7).
Pusica, Northeastern top Alabama 68-52
Vasa Pusica had 20 points and Northeastern beat a Southeastern Conference opponent for the first time in six tries with a 68-52 win over Alabama at the Charleston Classic on Thursday.
UCF's defense holds off Cal State Fullerton
B.J. Taylor scored 14 points, Tacko Fall had 12 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks and Central Florida beat Cal State Fullerton 68-52 on Thursday in the first round of the Myrtle Beach Invitational.
Saint Joseph's his 16 3s in win over Wake Forest
Charlie Brown Jr. made four 3-pointers and scored a career-high 26 points, Taylor Funk added six 3s and 20 points and Saint Joseph's beat Wake Forest 89-69 on Thursday in the opening game of the Myrtle Beach Invitational.