TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Cam Reddish scored three points with 0.8 seconds left to lead Duke No. 1 Duke to No. 13 Florida State 80-78 on Saturday.
Reddish caught the ball on the wing beyond the inside pass and made a 3-pointer wide open to ensure Duke (14-1, 3-0 ACC) win his ninth consecutive game. He finished with 23 points on 9 shots out of 15.
Duke played in the second half without first-year star Zion Williamson, who left the game after being stung in the eyes late in the first half. He did not come back and had 11 points and eight rebounds in 17 minutes.
PJ Savoy made a pair of free throws with 15.8 seconds to play, just seconds after a turnaround, to give the Florida State 78-76 advantage to RJ Barrett, who scored 32 points on 10 shots on 19, before hitting the first of two free throws five seconds from the end. He missed second base, but the Blue Devils retained possession of the ball after a ground-breaking call saying the ball was out of range to allow a Duke player to prepare for Reddish's shot.
Wiilliamson was injured when he went to the basket. Trent Forrest, of Florida State, hit the freshman in the face and Williamson crashed into the field. He lay there for a few moments, covering his face. He saw a coach and went to the locker room just before the end of the match. Williamson sat on the bench for the second half but did not play.
Mfiondu Kabengele made his third career double, equaling his career record with 24 points and 10 rebounds for Florida State (13-3, 1-2). Phil Cofer had five shots at three points and 21 points, a high in the season.
On January 12, 2011, the state of Florida hosted a No. 1 team exactly eight years ago. He beat Duke 66 to 61 on January 12, 2011. This time, the Seminoles were up to the task.
Duke: The Blue Devils were on the ropes but won a road race in a difficult environment, without Williamson. Duke is 4-1 against the top 15 opponents this season.
Florida State: The Seminoles missed their fifth victory on a ranked team.
Duke has little time to rest and plays in Syracuse on Monday.
The state of Florida faces a brief turnaround in Pittsburgh on Monday.