FSU can’t pull off an­other up­set of Duke

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TAL­LA­HAS­SEE

Cam Red­dish had strug­gled for more than a month, search­ing for any kind of con­sis­tency with his shot.

With Zion Wil­liamson on the bench in the sec­ond half and suf­fer­ing from dou­ble vi­sion af­ter get­ting poked in the eye, Red­dish made all the shots on Satur­day — in­clud­ing the game-win­ner.

The fresh­man for­ward hit a three-pointer with 0.8 sec­onds left to lead No. 1 Duke past No. 13 Florida State, 80-78.

Red­dish caught the ball on the wing off the in­bounds pass and made a wide-open three-pointer to en­sure that Duke (14-1, 3-0 ACC) would win its ninth straight game. Two fresh­men car­ried the load for Duke as RJ Bar­rett scored 32 points on 10 of 19 shoot­ing and Red­dish fin­ished with 23 points.

“It was great,” said Red­dish, who scored 16 sec­ond­half points. “I was work­ing re­ally hard to get back to who I was. Trust­ing God. Pray­ing ev­ery day to be who I was. It was a big shot for us. My coaches and team­mates have helped me with my con­fi­dence. I’m glad I made the shot.”

It was a clutch shot at a crit­i­cal mo­ment for Duke, which hasn’t had many close games this sea­son and has won 13 of 14 games by 10 or more points. The Blue Devils have just one loss, 89-87 to No. 5 Gon­zaga on a neu­tral court.

Duke was cer­tainly on the ropes on Satur­day, es­pe­cially play­ing in the sec­ond half with­out Wil­liamson. The star fresh­man left the game af­ter get­ting poked in the eye late in the first half. He didn’t re­turn and had 11 points and eight re­bounds in 17 min­utes.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski wasn’t sure what to ex­pect from the Blue Devils, who were with­out one of their top play­ers and were fac­ing a top-15 team on the road. Bar­rett and Red­dish “kept us in it,” Krzyzewski said.

“They rose to the dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sion,” Krzyzewski said. “An oc­ca­sion that we hadn’t been in this year.”

Los­ing for the first time in nine home games this sea­son, Florida State (13-3, 1-2) nearly pulled off an up­set, which is what hap­pened eight years ago. The Semi­noles knocked off No. 1 Duke 66-61 on Jan. 12,

2011.

“Com­ing close just doesn’t count,” FSU coach Leonard Hamil­ton said. “Maybe it does in horse­shoes but not in bas­ket­ball.”

P.J. Savoy made a pair of free throws with 15.8 sec­onds left, just sec­onds af­ter forc­ing a turnover, to put Florida State ahead 78-76.

Bar­rett, who had 19 sec­ond-half points, then hit the first of two free throws with five sec­onds left. He missed the sec­ond, but the Blue Devils re­tained pos­ses­sion af­ter a re­view over­ruled a call that the ball went out of bounds of a Duke player set­ting up Red­dish’s shot.

Mfiondu Kaben­gele came off the bench to record his third ca­reer dou­ble-dou­ble, ty­ing a ca­reer-high with 24 points and 10 re­bounds for the Semi­noles.

“We had a chance there at the end,” Hamil­ton said. “We ba­si­cally got the things that we were look­ing for, we just came up a lit­tle short. Duke is the kind of team that can win it all. They have all of the in­gre­di­ents. And they are go­ing to con­tinue to get bet­ter. That’s a scary thought.”

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