Reddish hits 3 to lift Duke past Florida St
The Blue Devils (14-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed the Seminoles 39-38 at halftime and had to play without leading scorer Zion Williamson for the entire second half.
With his team trailing by one. Reddish caught the ball off an inbounds pass and buried a wide-open 3-pointer to stun the crowd at Donald L. Tucker Center and lift Duke to its ninth consecutive win.
The talent who has been quiet for the most part this season. He finished with 23 points and made five 3-pointers.
Fellow freshman RJ Barrett, who took over on offense when Williamson left the game. Led the Blue Devils with 32 points on 10 of 19 shooting.
Williamson went out of the game after getting poked in the eye late in the first half. He didn’t return and ended with 11 points and eight rebounds in 17 minutes.
Florida State (13-3, 1-2) led through Mfiondu Kabengele. Who collected his third career double-double. When tying a career-high with 24 points to go with 10 rebounds.
Phil Cofer, who hit five 3-pointers, scored a season-high 21 points. While P.J. Savoy, who had made a pair of free throws to put the Seminoles ahead with 15.8 seconds left. He also added 10 points in the defeat.
Florida State last entertained a No. 1 team eight years ago. When it upset Duke 66-61 on Jan. 12, 2011. The Noles were on course to pull off another shocker. But fell short.
Duke returns to action on Monday night when it hosts Syracuse.
Florida State also has a short turnaround as the Noles are back in action at Pittsburgh on Monday.
Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski and his team met the media following the victory over Florida State on Saturday afternoon in Tallahassee. The Blue Devils were down by one with under three seconds left. But managed to pull out the victory when Cam Reddish knocked down a three pointer with 0.8 seconds remaining.
Speaking about Cam Reddish’s perseverance to make the final shot, he said: “He’s a freshman and he played aggressively the whole game. In the second we wanted to get him the ball. I think they kind of fixated on RJ (Barrett) and made it possible for him to get open. Then he knocked it down.
“He was fighting cramps at least half of the second half, and so it’s a huge game for him. Whenever any kid hits a game winner like that, its storybook. For our guys, it’s our 15th game, a number of those guys have never been in an experience like this.”
In addition to Reddish going 5-of-8 from downtown. The 6-foot-8 forward went 9-of-15 from the field with 23 points—second only to Barrett’s 32. Reddish drove to the basket to answer Florida State’s baskets with layups of his own, and made shots when it mattered. Reddish hit a pull-up triple to put the Blue Devils on top two minutes into the second half and later made a jumper to snap a five-minute drought without a field goal for the team. He contributed not only the game-winning basket. But also a 3-pointer that put the Duke up 74-72 with a little more than four minutes left to play.
Besides his excellent offense, the freshman came up with some big defensive plays as well. He swatted a shot and grabbing the rebound to launch the Blue Devils into a successful transition chance in the first half.
Reddish ended the nail-biting victory with three rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block. The forward has had trouble staying out of foul trouble, with three or four personal fouls in the previous three contests. But that was not the case Saturday, as Reddish played a season-high 32 minutes and ended the game with only two fouls.