Jan. 4, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski makes no bones about it: His team can shoot.
“That’s one of our strengths,” Krzyzewski said after watching his team hit 15 3-pointers in a 99-72 victory at Florida State in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams on Thursday night.
Jason Williams, Shane Battier and Nate James combined for 70 points as the third-ranked Blue Devils (12-1) coasted to their 18th win in 19 games in ACC play vs. the Seminoles.
“I get the other team’s attention a lot more than I did last year,” said Williams, who shot 6-for-10 from 3-point range and finished with a game-high 26 points.
“If you leave us open, there is a high percentage we’re going to knock it down,” Williams said. “A 3-pointer for us is kind of like a layup.”
Krzyzewski’s club shot 49.3 percent overall and 46.9 percent from long distance, making 15 of 32 3s.
Battier and James each scored 22 points and Mike Dunleavy added 15, combining to shoot 9-for-20 from the arc.
“For us it’s a really good distance,” Krzyzewski said. “We can put four guys who can shoot ’em out there.”
Florida State (4-9) made seven of 10 from long range, but didn’t get nearly as many shots.
“When you play Duke, you have to pick your poison,” Florida State coach Steve Robinson said. “Are you going to stop the drive, the 3 or the post-up game?”
The Blue Devils jumped to a 23-9 lead midway through the first half and opened their largest lead at 88-54 with 8:43 left.
“They have so many weapons,” Robinson said. “Once you get away from doing your thing, they just seem to continue to pounce on you.”
Carlos Boozer’s game-high nine rebounds led Duke to a 43-29 lead. The Blue Devils had 21 offensive rebounds, leading to 21 second-chance points.
“If you can’t rebound, you can’t win,” Florida State’s Monte Cummings said. “Especially against a team that shoots that well.”