Jackson scored 20, Dukes rout NC Central 97-79

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PITTSBURGH (AP)—Aaron Jackson scored 20 points, Eric Evans had a career-high 19 and Duquesne opened an 18-point lead midway through the first half in defeating winless North Carolina Central 97-79 on Monday night.

Damian Saunders added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Dukes (7-4), who raced to a 30-12 lead before taking a 54-32 advantage at halftime. Jason Duty and Bill Clark added 12 points each.

Evans, a freshman point guard, played only 23 minutes but made 10 of 12 free throws and had five steals. The Dukes won their second in a row after dropping four of five.

Jamar Briscoe, also a freshman guard, made 15 of 18 from the foul line while scoring a game-high 34 points for North Carolina Central. The Eagles have played only two home games while going 0-14.

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Jamar Briscoe Jamar Briscoe
9-18,  34 Pts
1 Rebs, 3 Assists
Damian Saunders Damian Saunders
8-10,  18 Pts
10 Rebs, 2 Assists

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