Cole scored 23 in the second half for the Bison (2-10), going 10 of 10 from the foul line, six in the final minute.
Charles Vines had 21 points for the Shockers (3-7) with Elijah Maynard adding 13. The pair combined for 21 points in the first half when Washington Adventist took a 38-36 lead, outscoring Howard by six at the foul line.
A 7-0 run early in the second half, capped by Williams' 3-point play, put Howard up for good, 46-41. Cole and Williams scored back-to-back, Cole's a 3-pointer, pushing the lead to 15 with 8:22 left.
Washington Adventist cut it down to four with at the 1:41 mark but Cole made a layup and followed a turnover with the first of his closing free throws.
Rocket Watts, the No. 27 overall prospect in the 2019 class, has committed to Michigan State.
UNC Wilmington will open its preseason basketball practices at North Carolina due to lingering effects of Hurricane Florence.
Guard Miles Wilson has been dismissed from the Miami Hurricanes' men's basketball program for failing to meet team expectations.
|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|