Duke overcomes Florida State in OT
Durham, NC (Sports Network) – J.J. Redick scored 36 points and hit the go-
ahead three-pointer in overtime to boost No. 2 Duke to a 97-96 victory over
Florida State at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Shelden Williams added 27 points and 13 rebounds for the Blue Devils (21-1,
9-0 ACC), who won their fourth straight contest. DeMarcus Nelson finished with
15 points for Duke.
Al Thornton had 37 points and 15 rebounds for Florida State (13-6, 4-5), which
has dropped four of its last six games. Jason Rich tallied 20 points and
Alexander Johnson had 13 points and 11 boards before fouling out for the
Seminoles, who are 0-15 all-time in Durham.
Thornton’s layup with 1:21 left in the second half tied the game at 84 and
represented the final points of regulation. Redick missed a potential game-
winning three at the end of the second half, but made up for that miss in OT.
Redick drained a three-pointer from the right corner with 1:10 left in the
extra session to boost the Blue Devils to a 94-91 lead. Thornton and Diego
Romero then missed three-pointers for FSU, and Redick made one free throw with
20.9 seconds remaining.
Todd Galloway’s layup moved the Seminoles within 95-93 and FSU had a chance to
tie after Redick lost the ball out of bounds. However, Williams intercepted
the ensuing inbounds pass, but missed two free throws with 10.9 seconds to
Galloway then tried to drive on Williams for the tie, but lost the ball out of
bounds, and Williams hit two foul shots with 3.3 seconds left to seal the
Galloway hit a three-pointer as time expired.
Florida State led by as many as seven points in the opening half. A layup by
Ralph Mims pushed the advantage to 32-25 with 6 1/2 minutes remaining, but
Duke responded with the next nine points with Nelson’s tip-in giving the Blue
Devils a 34-32 edge with 3:44 left.
Thornton’s jumper in the final seconds of the half gave FSU a 45-43 lead at
the break. Redick and Nelson each had 15 first-half points, while Thornton
topped the Seminoles with 19.
Johnson and Williams were both hit with technical fouls with 9:23 remaining.
Greg Paulus thew a long pass to Williams, who was mauled underneath the
backboard. Johnson, who was given an intentional foul on the play, fouled out.
The game remained tight the entire second half.
Redick became the all-time leading scorer (1,157) at Cameron Indoor Stadium,
passing the mark previously held by Johnny Dawkins (1,125)…Duke is 25-4 in
the all-time series.