Iowa State guard DeAndre Kane (50) chases a loose ball against North Carolina Central during the first half of a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Friday, March 21, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
NCAA Tournament: Iowa State 93, NC Central 75
By JIM VERTUNO
| AP Sports Writer
First Published Mar 21 2014 10:24 pm • Last Updated Mar 22 2014 04:45 pm
SAN ANTONIO • Georges Niang scored 24 points to lead third-seeded Iowa State as the Cyclones pulled away from No. 14 North Carolina Central in the second half for a 93-75 win Friday night in the East Region.
The Big 12 tournament champions found themselves in an early struggle with a program making its first NCAA tournament appearance in just its third year as a full-time Division I program. But the Cyclones’ quickness and balance eventually took over.
Iowa State (27-7) had five players score in double figures. Niang’s two 3-pointers early in the second half keyed Iowa State’s run that put the game away.
Jeremy Ingram scored 28 for North Carolina Central (28-6), which came in on a 20-game win streak and won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
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