Georges Niang scored 22 points and No. 17 Iowa State beat George Mason, 79-67, on Sunday in the first round of the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu.
The Cyclones (9-0) had their second-lowest scoring game of the season but still managed to extend their winning streak. Iowa State was one of 10 undefeated teams in Division I at the start of Sunday.
“They just asserted themselves,” George Mason Coach Paul Hewitt said. “We turned the ball over early in the half and they got themselves a lead, got themselves a working margin.”
Three minutes into the second half, Niang stole the ball from Marko Gujanicic and his layup gave Iowa State its first 10-point lead at 40-30. After that, George Mason (5-5) pulled no closer than five points with 6 minutes 18 seconds left.
Iowa State made just 3 of 14 three-point attempts in the first half (21 percent) but the Cyclones used a 10-2 run to avoid their worst half in any game this season.
The game was played amid tight security among arrangements made by the White House for President Obama to attend the tournament’s second game, Oregon State against Akron. Obama’s brother-in-law, Craig Robinson, is the head coach of the Beavers.
● CONNECTICUT 82, WASHINGTON 70: Shabazz Napier scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half and grabbed six rebounds to lead No. 10 Connecticut in an all-Huskies matchup in Seattle.
Fellow guard Ryan Boatwright had 16 points and five rebounds and Lasan Kromah scored 14 points for Connecticut (10-1). C.J. Wilcox led Washington (6-5) with 19 points.
● WICHITA ST. 77, NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL 66: In Wichita, Darius Carter scored 19 points to help the No. 11 Shockers (12-0) survive Jeremy Ingram’s 37-point night and extend the best start in school history.
● BAYLOR 81, SOUTHERN 56: Isaiah Austin had 14 points and 10 rebounds as the No. 12 Bears won their 10th straight home game and improved to 10-1 overall. Tre Lynch had 27 points to lead the Jaguars (3-9).
● IOWA 85, ARK.-PINE BLUFF 61: Josh Oglesby scored 13 points in his season debut and the No. 25 Hawkeyes rolled at home.
The Hawkeyes (11-2) opened their final nonconference game with a 39-5 run.
Tevin Hammond scored 19 points for Pine Bluff (2-9), which lost its ninth straight.
● SAN FRANCISCO 77, AMERICAN 69: Avry Holmes scored 15 points to lead the Dons (7-5) past the Eagles (3-7) in San Francisco.
American trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half before shaving the deficit to 33-30 at the break, then twice took brief leads in the second half.
● OHIO U. 70, RICHMOND 69: Nick Kellogg made a three-pointer with 7.8 seconds left in overtime, lifting the visiting Bobcats (8-3). The Spiders are 8-4.
Breanna Stewart matched her career high with 29 points to lift No. 1 Connecticut to an 80-47 rout of No. 21 California in the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Stewart had 10 rebounds for the Huskies (12-0), who were coming off a rout of No. 2 Duke.
U-Conn. led by 20 at halftime and Cal (7-3) could get no closer in the second half thanks to Stewart and a stingy Huskies defense.
Brittany Boyd, Cal’s star guard, had nine points, but was 3 for 23 from the field.
● DUKE 69, KENTUCKY 61: Tricia Liston scored a season-high 28 points to help the No. 2 Blue Devils beat the No. 5 Wildcats before 23,706 at Rupp Arena, the largest crowd ever to see a women’s game in Kentucky.
Five days after No. 1 Connecticut soundly dealt Duke (12-1) its first loss, it handed Kentucky (11-1) its first defeat.
● NOTRE DAME 106, CENTRAL MICHIGAN 72: Jewell Loyd had a career-high 30 points and 11 rebounds for the fourth-ranked Irish (10-0), which never trailed in South Bend, Ind. The Chippewas are 4-6.
● SOUTH CAROLINA 70, S.C. STATE 26: In Columbia, S.C., freshman Alaina Coates scored a career-high 23 points to lead the No. 10 Gamecocks (11-1) past the Lady Bulldogs (1-8) for the 21st straight time.
● WESTERN KENTUCKY 57, GEORGETOWN 55: The Hoyas could not hold on to a 16-point lead and fell to the Lady Hilltoppers (8-3) at the Puerto Rico Classic in San Juan. Andrea White led Georgetown (6-5) with 12 points.
● VCU 94, FLORIDA A&M 67: The Rams (10-1) tied a school record with their ninth straight win. Robyn Parks (North Point High) led all scorers with 25 points in the win in Richmond.