In the opening half, Iowa State jumped out to an early 15-9 lead before . . .
UB came out in the second half and senior Jarryn Skeete put the team on his shoulders, hitting several three pointers. Down 40-30, the Bulls went on 16-7 run to pull within one point with 13:21 left in the game after a fast-break jumper by freshman Nick Perkins. Skeete scored 11 points over the first six and a half minutes of the half.
However, Iowa State responded by going on another run, this time scoring the next 11 points to increase the lead to 58-46. A three-point play by Lamonte Bearden had the Bulls back within 58-49 with 8:18 left, but the Cyclones were extremely efficient offensively in the second half and ultimately extended the lead to 23 before winning by 21.
"We knew coming into this road trip that it was going to be extremely difficult, but it was important for our team to learn what it takes to play and win at the highest level," said head coach Nate Oats. "I think we showed flashes both at Duke, and again tonight, that if we play hard and play together that we can be really good."
Skeete led the way for UB with 16 points, while Bearden added 11 points and three assists. Perkins had nine points off the bench, while Blake Hamilton added seven. Willie Conner had six points as did CJ Massinburg.
Senior Raheem Johnson saw his first action of the season and had four points and seven rebounds in 16 minutes.
Iowa State shot 50.8% for the game, including 71.4% from the field in the second half. The Cyclones were led by Georges Niang, who had 31 points and 12 rebounds, while Monte Morris added 12 points and 10 assists. Jameel McKay finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
The Bulls will return home on Saturday afternoon when they host Binghamton at Alumni Arena. Tipoff is set for 2:00 pm.
(Courtesy of UB Athletics)