Rapid Reaction: Florida State 62, Duke 59
March, 10, 2012
By Edward Aschoff | ESPN.com
ATLANTA -- There wasn't a dull moment when Duke and Florida State got together for a chance to meet North Carolina in the ACC tournament final. But with both teams down to their last breath, Florida State guard Luke Loucks drained a deep 2 with 11.9 seconds left, giving the Seminoles a 62-59 lead. Duke's Seth Curry's half-court launch rimmed out right at the buzzer, preserving the Seminoles' win.
Florida State took the season series against the Blue Devils, advancing to the ACC title game for the second time in school history. Both times have come in Atlanta.
Turning point: Having Mason Plumlee foul out with a minute left hurt Duke in the post. It also sent Loucks to the line, where he hit two free throws to make it 60-57. His winning shot took care of the rest.
Key player: While Loucks was clutch for the Noles late, guard Michael Snaer put on another show against the Blue Devils. He led FSU with 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting, grabbed four boards, dished six assists, blocked two shots and had two steals.
Key stat: Duke turned the ball over 16 times Saturday. In the two previous games against the Seminoles, Duke turned it over 11 and 10 times, respectively. FSU scored 19 points off those turnovers.
Miscellaneous: Loucks set the FSU school record for career games played with 132 when the Seminoles played Miami on Friday. He made it 133 against Duke. ... With Austin Rivers' 17 points, he recorded his team-leading 29th double-figure scoring game for Duke. ... The loss ended Duke's streak of three consecutive ACC tournament championships. ... FSU dominated the paint, outscoring Duke 34-24. ... FSU also won the bench battle 18-9. ... The game featured eight ties and 10 lead changes.
What’s next: Duke is headed home and will likely come out of this weekend as a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament. Florida State will take on top-seeded North Carolina on Sunday for a shot at its first ACC tournament championship. A win for the Seminoles might propel them to a No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament, but it appears the Noles have secured at least a No. 4 seed.