Seminole rally comes up short in Cameron
Durham, NC (Sports Network) – J.J. Redick scored 24 points and Chris Duhon hit
a big three-pointer in the closing seconds to help top-ranked Duke stave off
upset-minded Florida State, 56-49, at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Duhon finished with 11 points and his only three-pointer of the game came with
36.4 seconds left and put an end to a 15-2 Florida State run. The shot gave
Duke a 54-49 lead and ended a field goal drought of nearly nine minutes for
the Blue Devils.
“Our captain hit the biggest shot of the year so far,” Duke head coach Mike
Krzyzewski said about Duhon’s three-pointer. “How appropriate for Duhon to hit
that shot, as well as he’s played. Chris was open. He had guts. It was a great
Sean Dockery stole the inbounds pass and was fouled, but missed the front end
of a one-and-one. Dockery, though, came up with another steal and Redick hit
two from the stripe with 5.7 seconds left to seal it.
“I’m really proud of J.J.,” Krzyzewski added. “He’s sick; that’s one of the
reasons I was subbing him in and out, to get fluids in him. He should be sick
more often, I guess, 24 points — he scored almost half our points.”
Duke (17-1, 6-0 ACC) won its 14th straight game and is the only unbeaten team
in ACC play. The Blue Devils, who visit Georgia Tech and North Carolina in
their next two games, haven’t lost since a 78-69 setback to Purdue in the
Great Alaska Shootout.
“It’s been a long, long journey since Alaska to put us in this position,” said
Krzyzewski. “We’ve got to get rejuvenated before Saturday afternoon (Georgia
Tim Pickett scored 16 points for Florida State (14-6, 3-4), which was coming
off impressive home victories over North Carolina and Wake Forest. The
Seminoles, who have lost five of their last seven overall, are 0-14 all-time
at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Duke led 49-34 with 9 1/2 minutes left after a three-pointer by Redick, but
the Seminoles chipped away and pulled within 51-44 with 3:18 left on a three-
pointer by Pickett. A shot-clock violation on the next Duke possession gave
Florida State a chance to again cut its deficit.
Pickett missed a three-pointer, but Von Wafer came up with the offensive
rebound and scored on the putback to make it a five-point game with 2:19 to
Redick then missed a three-pointer and Duke got the offensive rebound, but
again turned it over on a shot-clock violation.
Wafer followed with a three-pointer with just over a minute left to pull the
Seminoles within 51-49, setting the stage for Duhon’s heroics.
“This is my team. This is my senior year, and I just wanted to take the big
shot,” Duhon said.
Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton was also impressed.
“That’s why they are ranked number one in the country,” Hamilton said. “They
do a lot of quality things and they ought to be complimented because they
execute very well.”
Florida State made just 18-of-61 shots and turned the ball over 17 times, but
stayed in the game by outrebounding Duke 41-32, including 20-9 on the
The Seminoles led 7-3 early, but Duke ran off the next 11 points to take the
lead for good. Daniel Ewing scored five points during the run and Redick
capped it with a jumper to give the Blue Devils a 14-7 advantage with 12 1/2
minutes left in the half.
Wafer answered with a three-pointer for the Seminoles, but Duke followed with
a 6-2 run to open a 20-12 lead.
Back-to-back three-pointers by Redick later in the half gave the Blue Devils a
28-17 lead and Duke led by as many as 13 before taking a 34-22 edge to the
Redick scored 15 in the first half for Duke, which forced 10 turnovers and
held Florida State to just nine field goals in the opening 20 minutes.
“I thought Duke’s defense was outstanding in the first half,” said Hamilton.
“As a result of their ability to take chances away from us, I think in the
first half we had too many of what I call empty possessions, times when we
just didn’t get the ball moving on offense to give us a consistent flow.”
The Seminoles pulled within 10 early in the second half, as a dunk by Pickett
made it 36-26, but Duke never allowed Florida State to gain momentum until