No. 1 Duke Travels to No. 13 Florida State Saturday

Tanya Simon
January 14, 2019

In a neck and neck contest, No. 1 Duke emerged victorious on a last-second shot from Cam Reddish, taking down No. 13 Florida State.

Zion Williamson hasn't played in the second half (yet) against Florida State after he got poked in the eye just before halftime.

Freshman forward Cam Reddish, who had committed a costly turnover two possessions earlier with the game tied, came through with the game-winner. Williamson suffered from double vision that had not cleared up by the time the final buzzer sounded.The true extent of the injury and his timetable for return are still cloudy.

Williamson is the reigning ACC Freshman of the Week after finishing with 30 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and four steals at Wake Forest.

Williamson turned the ball over on the play and went down to the court in pain.

The Seminoles have enjoyed success against the Blue Devils in the past, but coach Leonard Hamilton said Saturday's matchup between No. 13 FSU and No. 1 Duke in Tallahassee is a little different.

With just 15 seconds left in a tie game and one second remaining on the shot clock, Reddish fouled Florida State's PJ Savoy on an attempted three to give Savoy three foul shots.

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FSU has had success against top-ranked teams in recent years, with victories over No. 1 North Carolina in the semifinals of the 2009 ACC Tournament and during the 2010-11 regular season, and against Duke in Tallahassee on January 6, 2002.

The experience of winning in a hostile environment, without their best player, will serve Duke well as the season progresses. Williamson sat on the bench for the second half, but didn't play. But that's a big loss. "Whenever a kid hits a game victor like that, it's storybook".

Florida State lost for the first time in nine home games this season.

Simply put, with Zion, the team's inside presence is among the nation's best; without Zion, the inside presence looks like a bit of a present - a gift of easy baskets and rebounds - to other teams. Florida State could slip a little but is also deserving of holding on to its top-15 ranking.

By the time 6-2 Blue Devil guard Tre Jones was handed the ball along the baseline, 7-foot-4 FSU center Christ Koumadje screaming and flailing in front of him, 11,000 fans were following Koumadje's lead, eager to see Duke go down for the third straight time in Tallahassee when ranked No. 1 in the country.

The game marks the Blue Devils fifth versus an AP top 15 opponents this season - most nationally.

Florida State accustomed to being tested by ACC power Duke.

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