By AARON BEARD
Associated Press Writer
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Chris Duhon scored 11 points and hit a key 3-pointer in
the final minute to lift No. 1 Duke past Florida State 56-49 on Thursday night.
J.J. Redick scored 24 points to lead the Blue Devils (17-1, 6-0 Atlantic
Coast Conference), who have won 14 straight overall and 37 in a row at home.
Sean Dockery went scoreless but had two big steals late as Duke remained the
only unbeaten team in ACC play.
Tim Pickett scored 16 for the Seminoles (14-6, 3-4), who were trying to beat
a top 10 team in three straight games for the first time in school history.
Florida State, which had beaten North Carolina and Wake Forest in the last
week, fell to 0-14 all-time at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The Seminoles had beaten the Blue Devils at home in each of the past two
seasons. But they had never fared well at Cameron, losing their 13 previous
games by an average of 21 points per game.
They hung around most of the way Thursday, playing scrappy defense and
giving Duke one of its toughest challenges since taking the No. 1 ranking two
The Blue Devils led by 12 at halftime and took their largest lead at 49-34
on a 3-pointer from Redick with 9:28 to play.
But the Seminoles answered with a 15-2 run, getting a three-point play from
Alexander Johnson and a 3-pointer from Pickett to cut the deficit to 51-44 with
3:22 left. Von Wafer then had a stickback and a 3-pointer that cut it to 51-49
with one minute left.
But Duhon had an answer.
Coming out of a timeout, he took the inbounds pass from Daniel Ewing near
midcourt, dribbled to the left wing and fired a 3-pointer. The shot swished
through with 36.4 seconds to go, giving Duke a 54-49 lead and setting the 9,314
fans here in a frenzy.
Dockery then came up with two big defensive plays. After Duhon’s 3, Dockery
stole Wafer’s inbounds pass and was fouled. He missed the free throw, but added
another steal on Adam Waleskowski’s pass.
Redick added two free throws with 5.7 seconds left to seal it.
The Seminoles played solid defense throughout, contesting Duke shots with
their man defense and holding the Blue Devils to 39 percent shooting. They also
pulled down 20 offensive rebounds.
But Florida State shot just 30 percent and never could take advantage of the
Blue Devils’ offensive struggles.