Jan. 25, 2014
DURHAM, N.C. (Seminoles.com) — Plagued by an inability to consistently grab rebounds, the Florida State men’s basketball team fell to No. 18 Duke, 78-56, Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The Seminoles (13-6, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed by double figures through the entire second half but cut the deficit to 11 points with five minutes left in the game. But the Blue Devils (16-4, 5-2) responded with a 10-0 run that sealed the 900th win for Mike Krzyzewski as Duke’s head coach.
The Seminoles actually shot 50 percent from the floor and held Duke to a 31-percent shooting clip but it was the struggles on the glass — and major discrepancy at the free-throw line — that proved too much to overcome.
While FSU grabbed 25 rebounds, the Blue Devils eclipsed that on the offensive end alone, finishing with 50 total rebounds (30 offensive and 20 defensive). The ‘Noles were 10-of-18 from the free-throw line while Duke was 34-of-43. In total, Duke had 14 more field goal attempts than Florida State.
Ian Miler finished with nine points. The Seminoles’ second-leading scorer, Aaron Thomas, was held to two points before fouling out in the second half.
Duke was led by Rodney Hood’s 18 points while star freshman Jabari Parker registered a double-double wit 14 points and 11 rebounds.
The Seminoles found themselves in a 43-25 halftime hole because of Duke’s ability to score points off turnovers in the first half. FSU committed 12 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes and the Blue Devils scored 18 off those giveaways to build the double-digit lead it wouldn’t relinquish.
Next up for the `Noles is a Wednesday matchup at NC State. Tip-off from Raleigh, N.C.’s PNC Bank Arena is set for 9 p.m. on the ACC Network and ESPN3.