Iowa State, ranked fourth in the nation, received a run from the University at Buffalo for the first 26 minutes Monday night before easing away to an 84-63 victory over the Bulls in a nonconference men’s basketball game at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.
The Cyclones are 7-0, with state rival Iowa on tap for Thursday night.
UB’s last lead in the game was 16-15 with 11:59 to play in the first half after a jump shot by Blake Hamilton.
Then All-America candidate Georges Niang led a 15-0 run by the Cyclones. The sturdy 6-foot-8, 230-pound forward, contributed a pair of three-point baskets.
That didn’t discourage the Bulls, though.
They trailed only 34-25 at the half and were back in the game, losing 47-46 with 13:24 remaining after a jumper by Jarryn Skeete and a layup by Nick Perkins. That’s when Niang went back to work hitting a pair of threes to push the lead up to 55-46.
The dogged Bulls prevented Iowa State coach Steve Prohm from going into his bench beyond his seven-man rotation until the end.
Niang finished with 31 points, including 5 of 7 on three-point attempts.
Monte Morris had 12 and Jameel McKay, 13.
Skeete led UB with 16 points. Lamonte Bearden had 11 as nine UB players joined the scoring.
UB was outrebounded, 43-36, and outshot from the floor, 50.8 (32 of 63) percent to 34.8 (24-66). The Cyclones were 11 for 25 from three-point range while UB was only 8 for 30.
The Bulls (4-5) will return home and face Binghamton at 2 p.m. Saturday.