Jackson’s 16 lead Dukes past Rice 80-64
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.