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.
Watts is one of the most dynamic scoring guards in the country and looks to develop his game under coach Tom Izzo's tutelage.
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.
|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|