Jackson’s 16 lead Dukes past Rice 80-64

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PITTSBURGH (AP)—Aaron Jackson scored 16 points and freshman Melquan Bolding had a career-high 14 as Duquesne pulled away in the second half to beat Rice, 80-64 on Saturday.

Damian Saunders added 13 points, freshman Eric Evans had 11 and Jason Duty 10 for the Dukes (6-4), who had lost their previous two and four of five while playing a rugged schedule that includes Pittsburgh, Duke and West Virginia.

The Dukes shot 53.2 percent (25-of-47) and their pressure defense bothered the Owls (4-6), who trailed by six at the half but never got going in the second half. Rice, led by Lucas Kuipers’ 16 points, shot 42.9 percent (21-of-49).

Duquesne was coming off a 26-point home court loss to Old Dominion.

Suleiman Braimoh scored 12 and Cory Pflieger had 11 for Rice, which had won two in a row. The Owls play No. 4 Oklahoma at home Monday night.

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7-12,  16 Pts
4 Rebs, 0 Assists
Aaron Jackson Aaron Jackson
6-8,  16 Pts
7 Rebs, 8 Assists

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