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Cam Reddish 3-pointer lifts No. 1 Duke past No. 13 Florida State

Duke’s Cam Reddish talks about his last second shot that beat Florida State

Freshman forward hits a three point shot to beat the FSU Seminoles with less than a second left in the game
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Freshman forward hits a three point shot to beat the FSU Seminoles with less than a second left in the game

Cam Reddish broke out of a slump in historic fashion for No. 1 Duke.

The freshman scored 23 points, including a 3-pointer with 0.8 of a second left that gave Duke a thrilling 80-78 ACC basketball win over No. 13 Florida State on Saturday at the Tucker Center.

The 6-8 Reddish hadn’t scored more than 10 points in Duke’s last six games. But with freshman star Zion Williamson sidelined with a left eye injury, Reddish helped make up for his absence.

Florida State led 78-77 and Duke in-bounded the ball under its own basket with 2.8 seconds left. Tre Jones tossed the pass to Reddish, who swished the 3-pointer from just in front of Duke’s bench to give the Blue Devils (14-1, 3-0 in ACC) their ninth consecutive win.

RJ Barrett scored 32 points for Duke while Mfiondu Kabengele scored 24 points and had 10 rebounds for the Seminoles (13-3, 1-2 in ACC). Phil Cofer added 21 points for Florida State.

The game was tied when PJ Savoy was fouled by Reddish while attempting a 3-pointer with 15.8 seconds remaining. He hit two free throws, giving Florida State a 78-76 lead.

Barrett was fouled with 5.1 seconds left. He made the first free throw but missed the second, leaving Duke trailing 78-77.

The initial call on the rebound was the ball went out of bounds off Duke with 2.6 seconds to play. The officials used video replay to reverse the call and give possession to the Blue Devils with 2.8 seconds left.

That’s when Reddish hit the game’s biggest shot.

“It was great,” Reddish said. “I was working really hard to get back to who I was. Trusting God. Praying every day to be who I was. It was a big shot for us. My coaches and teammates have helped me with my confidence. I’m glad I made the shot.”

The game swung back-and-forth over the final 10 minutes as the lead changed hands 11 times with five ties.

“I’m proud of our team, our young team,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “They fought that whole second half. RJ and Cam made big plays.”

With Florida State in a stretch of five minutes without a successful field goal, Reddish’s 3-pointer with 4:05 left put Duke in front 74-72.

Forrest’s layup with 2:49 left, FSU’s first field goal since 6:44, tied the game. Barrett’s shot in the lane restored Duke’s lead. But two Kabengele free throws tied the score at 2:01.

Williamson scored 11 points with eight rebounds and two assists before he was hit in the face while driving with the ball in the lane with 1:26 left in the first half. He went to the bench in pain and Duke athletic trainer Jose Fonseca checked out his eyes.

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Florida State guard Trent Forrest, right, gets his hand in the face of Duke forward Zion Williamson forcing a turnover in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Tallahassee, Fla., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser) Mark Wallheiser AP

Williamson left the bench for the locker room with 30 seconds left in the first half and didn’t return. He came out for second-half warmups and took part in the layup line with his teammates.

The standout freshman got poked in the eye late in the first half and didn't play again against the Seminoles

But Jack White replaced him in the lineup to start the second half.

After seeing a 10-point first-half lead disappear and Williamson injured, Duke built a 48-45 lead early in the second half as Reddish hit a basket and a 3-pointer.

A 7-0 FSU run erased it as Mann scored on a dunk and a layup before Cofer’s 3-pointer put the Seminoles up 52-48.

Another Cofer 3-pointer at 13:01 gave FSU a 55-50 lead, its largest of the game to that point.

The Seminoles lead 61-56 when Barrett and Reddish brought Duke back. Barrett hit a jumper in the lane and his 3-pointer at 9:30 tied the score at 61.

Kabengele’s dunk put FSU in front 63-61 but Reddish answered with a 3-pointer giving Duke its first lead of the second half at 64-63 with 8:18 to play.

Behind Williamson’s strong play, Duke led by as many as 10 points in the first half only to see the lead disappear in the half’s final seconds.

Williamson rebounded his own miss to score and scored inside after Jack White’s missed 3-pointer to give Duke a 19-16 lead.

Barrett’s basket and free throw at 11:11 extended Duke’s lead to 22-16 and Barrett 3-pointer at 10:50 put Duke up 25-16.

Kabengele scored inside and added a free throw at 10:28.

But two Reddish layups extended Duke’s lead to 29-19 with 9:09 left in the half.

The Blue Devils missed their next six shots, going five possessions without scoring, and Florida State trimmed the lead to 29-26 on a Cofer dunk with 5:56 left in the half.

Williamson played a role in Duke’s next seven points with a rebound basket, a 3-pointer and an assist on a Jones transition basket leaving Duke up 36-29.

Barrett’s jumper in the land with 2:09 left in the half gave Duke a 38-31 lead, but those were the Blue Devils’ final points of the half.

While going scoreless on their final three possessions of the half, with two turnovers, Kabengele hit two free throws and Cofer banked in a 3-pointer for Florida State.

P.J. Savoy’s 3-pointer from the left corner with five seconds left in the half gave the Seminoles a 39-38 lead at intermission.

An Illinois native, Steve Wiseman has covered Duke athletics since 2010 for the Durham Herald-Sun and Raleigh News & Observer. Prior to his arrival in Durham, he worked for newspapers in Columbia and Spartanburg, S.C., Biloxi, Miss., and Charlotte covering beats including the NFL’s Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints, University of South Carolina athletics and the S.C. General Assembly.

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