Red­dish’s 3 sends Blue Devils past FSU

The News & Observer (Sunday) - - Sports - BY STEVE WISE­MAN

Cam Red­dish broke out of a slump in his­toric fash­ion for No. 1 Duke.

The fresh­man scored 23 points, in­clud­ing a 3-pointer with 0.8 sec­onds left that gave Duke a thrilling 80-78 ACC bas­ket­ball win over No. 13 Flor­ida State on Satur­day at the Tucker Cen­ter.

The 6-8 Red­dish hadn’t scored more than 10 points in Duke’s last six games. But with fresh­man star Zion Wil­liamson side­lined with a left eye in­jury, Red­dish helped make up for his ab­sence.

Flor­ida State led 78-77 and Duke in­bounded the ball un­der its own bas­ket with 2.8 sec­onds left. Tre Jones tossed the pass to Red­dish, who swished the 3-pointer from just in front of Duke’s bench to give the Blue Devils (14-1, 3-0 in ACC) their ninth con­sec­u­tive win.

R.J. Bar­rett scored 32 points for Duke while Mfiondu Kaben­gele scored 24 points and had 10 re­bounds for the Semi­noles (13-3, 1-2 in ACC). Phil

Cofer added 21 points for Flor­ida State.

The score was tied when P.J. Savoy was fouled by Red­dish while at­tempt­ing a 3-pointer with 15.8 sec­onds re­main­ing. He hit two free throws giv­ing Flor­ida State a 78-76 lead.

Bar­rett was fouled with 5.1 sec­onds left. He made the first free throw but missed the sec­ond, leav­ing Duke trail­ing 78-77.

The ini­tial call on the re­bound was the ball went out of bounds off Duke with 2.6 to play. The of­fi­cials used video re­play to re­verse the call and give pos­ses­sion to the Blue Devils with 2.8 sec­onds left.

That’s when Red­dish hit the game’s big­gest shot.

“It was great,” Red­dish said. “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.”

The game swung backand-forth over the fi­nal 10 min­utes as the lead changed hands 11 times with five ties.

“I’m proud of our team, our young team,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “They fought that whole sec­ond half. R.J. and Cam made big plays.”

With Flor­ida State in a stretch of five min­utes with­out a made field goal, Red­dish’s 3-pointer with 4:05 left put Duke in front 74-72.

For­rest’s layup with 2:49 left, FSU’s first field goal since 6:44, tied the score. Bar­rett’s shot in the lane re­stored duke’s lead. But two Kaben­gele free throws tied the score at 2:01.

Wil­liamson scored 11 points with eight re­bounds and two as­sists be­fore he was hit in the face while driv­ing with the ball in the lane with 1:26 left in the first half. He went to the bench in pain and Duke ath­letic trainer Jose Fon­seca checked out his eyes.

Wil­liamson left the bench for the locker room with 30 sec­onds left in the first half and didn’t re­turn. He came out for sec­ond­half warmups and took part in the layup line with his team­mates.

But Jack White re­placed him in the lineup to start the sec­ond half.

After see­ing a 10-point first-half lead dis­ap­pear and Wil­liamson in­jured, Duke built a 48-45 lead early in the sec­ond half as Red­dish hit a bas­ket and a 3-pointer.

A 7-0 FSU run erased it as Mann scored on a dunk and a a layup be­fore Cofer’s 3-pointer put the Semi­noles up 52-48.

An­other Cofer 3-pointer at 13:01 gave FSU a 55-50 lead, its largest of the game to that point.

The Semi­noles lead 61-56 when Bar­rett and Red­dish brought Duke back. Bar­rett hit a jumper in the lane and his 3-pointer at 9:30 tied the score at 61.

Kaben­gele’s dunk put FSU in front 63-61 but Red­dish an­swered with a 3-pointer giv­ing Duke its first lead of the sec­ond half at 64-63 with 8:18 to play.

Be­hind Wil­liamson’s strong play, Duke led by as many as 10 points in the first half only to see the lead dis­ap­pear in the half’s fi­nal sec­onds.

Wil­liamson re­bounded his own miss to score and scored in­side after Jack White’s missed 3-pointer to give Duke a 19-16 lead.

Bar­rett’s bas­ket and free throw at 11:11 ex­tended Duke’s lead to 22-16 and Bar­rett 3-pointer at 10:50 put Duke up 25-16.

Kaben­gele scored in­side and added a free throw at 10:28.

But two Red­dish layups ex­tended Duke’s lead to 29-19 with 9:09 left in the half.

The Blue Devils missed their next six shots, go­ing five pos­ses­sions with­out scor­ing, and Flor­ida State trimmed the lead to 29-26 on a Cofer dunk with 5:56 left in the half.

Wil­liamson played a role in Duke’s next seven points with a re­bound bas­ket, a 3-pointer and an as­sist on a Jones tran­si­tion bas­ket leav­ing Duke up 36-29.

Bar­rett’s jumper in the land with 2:09 left in the half gave Duke a 38-31 lead but that was the Blue Devils’ fi­nal points of the half.

P.J. Savoy’s 3-pointer from the left cor­ner with five sec­onds left in the half gave the Semi­noles a 39-38 lead at in­ter­mis­sion.

CHUCK LIDDY [email protected]­sob­server.com

Duke for­ward Cam Red­dish watches as his last-sec­ond 3-point shot beats the Semi­noles. Duke beat Flor­ida State 80-78 on Satur­day in Tallahassee, Fla.

CHUCK LIDDY [email protected]­sob­server.com

Duke for­ward R.J. Bar­rett at­tempts a shot against Flor­ida State guard Devin Vassell dur­ing the sec­ond half of the Blue Devils’ 80-78 win Satur­day.

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