NCAA Basketball

Ayers III scores 24 to lead Duquesne past UC Irvine 76-54

AKRON, Ohio (AP) Leon Ayers III had a career-high 24 points as Duquesne rolled past UC Irvine 76-54 on Sunday at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School's LeBron James Arena.

Tyson Acuff had 14 points for Duquesne (5-7). Kevin Easley Jr. added 12 points.

Emmanuel Tshimanga had 14 points for the Anteaters (5-4). Collin Welp added 12 points.

The is the third time the Dukes played a neutral-site game in Akron under fifth-year head coach Keith Dambrot, who led St.Vincent-St. Mary - and a young freshman/sophomore LeBron James - to back-to-back state titles in 1999-00 and 2000-01. Dambrot, an Akron native, led the University of Akron - his alma mater - to 305 wins and three NCAA Tournament appearances in 13 seasons prior to moving on to Duquesne.

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Updated December 19, 2021

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