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).
James is the highest-ranked prospect to commit to the Vols under Rick Barnes and the highest overall since Tobias Harris in 2010.
Five-star point guard Josiah James, ranked No. 20 in the ESPN 100, has committed to Tennessee over Clemson, Duke and Michigan State.
Jim Calhoun, who has a career record of 873-380 and led UConn to three national titles before retiring in 2012, has been hired as coach at Saint Joseph.
|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|