Feb. 16, 2000
By DAVID DROSCHAK
AP Sports Writer
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – No. 3 Duke wasted little time in reclaiming Cameron
Indoor Stadium on Wednesday night.
The Blue Devils avenged their first home loss in more than three years in
convincing fashion, getting 19 points from Jason Williams and 17 each from Nate
James and Carlos Boozer in a 101-68 victory over Florida State.
“This was more of a real Cameron atmosphere, the Crazies were back to
normal strength and we were up by 30,” junior forward Shane Battier said.
“Everything seemed right with the world.”
The Blue Devils (20-3, 11-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) inched a step closer
to a record-tying fourth straight ACC regular season championship with their
11th consecutive victory over Florida State. Duke, which tied a season high
with 12 3-pointers and committed only seven turnovers, can tie for the title
with a win Saturday at North Carolina State.
Duke’s five starters were in double figures with 15:55 left as coach Mike
Krzyzewski notched his 15th 20-win season in 20 years with the Blue Devils.
Meanwhile, the Seminoles (9-13, 4-7) are 1-5 since beating North Carolina in
Chapel Hill on Jan. 22, and have lost seven of their last nine. Nigel Dixon led
Florida State with a season-high 12 points.
Duke lost in Cameron for the first time since January 1997 – a span of 46
games – a week ago to No. 22 Maryland. But the Seminoles ran into a determined
group of Blue Devils who shot 60 percent in the first half and had a 25-0
advantage on points off turnovers.
“No matter where we’re playing I think that you’ve got to be ready to play
and Maryland showed us that,” said senior Chris Carrawell, who added 16
points, six rebounds and six assists. “Just because you are playing at home,
that doesn’t mean you’re going to win. That’s how we approached tonight.”
Florida State led the Blue Devils a month ago by two at the half in
Tallahassee, Fla., but had a rough time solving Duke’s press this time,
coughing it up 14 times in the opening 20 minutes to trail 53-28 at halftime.
“We didn’t take care of the basketball and we had talked about that,”
Florida State coach Steve Robinson said. “If you look at the stat sheet
they’ve got 33 points off of turnovers. You’re not going to win many basketball
games if you give them freebies like that.”
The Seminoles trailed by 10 with 7:49 left in the half before Duke closed
with a 22-7 barrage as Williams scored seven points and James made two
Nothing seemed to go right for the Seminoles. Twice in the first half Duke
missed foul shots, only to see a long rebound result in 3-pointers by Mike
Dunleavy and James.
The Blue Devils made their first five shots of the second half to go up by
32 points as Robinson yanked his starters out in disgust. The Cameron Crazies
then pointed to the starters on the bench and the subs on the court and chanted
“Bad team, bad team.”
“When you are behind and you’re struggling you’ve got to do something to
try to shake them up,” Robinson said of his starters, who combined for only 25
points. “I’ll tell you what, our second unit played better. They were more
Ron Hale, the fourth-leading scorer in the ACC at 16.6 points a game, had
another miserable game against Duke. He scored two points in the first meeting
and seven this time around as the Seminoles suffered their third worst ACC
“Defensively, they do a good job and they make it difficult for him,”
Robinson said of his senior, who has never reached double figures against the
Blue Devils. “Those are the reasons he hasn’t knocked down some of the shots
he normally knocks down.”