Malone College, ranked 16th in the National Association of Intercollgiate Athletics, improved to 9-3 Friday night with a 90-76 rout of Buffalo State in the first round of the Tiffin Kiwanis Holiday Classic at Heidelberg College.
The Bengals (3-3) will meet Olivet (Mich.) at 1 p.m. today in the consolation game, while Heidelberg will face Malone in the 3 p.m.title game.
The Bengals were tied with the Pioneers at halftime, 40-40, thanks mainly to 13 points by Nate Gainey, nine by Jerry Young and eight by Dan Farry.
And the Bengals charged out to take a lead briefly in the second half, but then Malone's Jim Kish took command.
Kish, who led all scorers with 30 points, scored 19 in the second half as the Pioneers pulled away midway through half.
The Pioneers shot 75 percent (15 of 20) in the second half and 61 percent for the game.
Gainey led the Bengals with 20 points, while Farry had 17 and Young 15.