January 16, 1999
DURHAM, N.C. – Who’s hotter, Elton Brand or No. 2 Duke?
The hulking center for the Blue Devils made 9 of his first 11 shots and
finished with 27 points and 13 rebounds as Duke won its 12th straight and
remained undefeated in the ACC with a 98-73 victory over Florida State on
The win was the Blue Devils (17-1, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) 32nd
straight victory in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The fans taunted the Seminoles (9-7, 3-2) – the ACC’s football power – with
a chant of “Need Four Touchdowns” as Duke’s lead approached 30 early in the
While Brand dominated on the inside, William Avery and Trajan Langdon took
care of the outside, scoring 21 and 19 respectively as Duke moved to 31-3 in
its last 34 ACC regular-season games.
Damous Anderson led the Seminoles, who fell to 0-9 all-time in Cameron, with
a season-high 23 points.
Brand scored 10 of Duke’s first 22 points on two layups, a follow and a pair
of 8-foot baseline jumpers before a quick Florida State team started clamping
down on defense.
But it was apparent the Seminoles had no chance of matching Brand’s inside
The Seminoles trailed by 10 after Brand made a pair of free throws midway
through the half before drawing to 27-21 three minutes later. But Duke closed
the half with an 18-9 run, including the final seven points as Langdon hit a
3-pointer and Shane Battier and Brand sank follow shots.
Duke then blew it open with a 22-8 run to start the second half, Brand
scoring seven and Langdon nailing a pair of 3-pointers to frustrate the
Seminoles, who had upset No. 25 Clemson at home on Tuesday.
Ron Hale, coming off a career-high 31-point game against the Tigers and
averaging a league-high 22.8 points in ACC games, was limited to six.
By DAVID DROSCHAK
AP Sports Writer