DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- J.J. Redick realized he was part of
something special while the game was still going on. From 26 ties
and 17 lead changes to amazing individual performances to an extra
5 minutes, this had a little bit of everything.
To the surprise of no one, No. 2 Duke came out on top.
"It's always exciting to play in a game like that," Redick
said of the Blue Devils' 97-96 victory over Florida State on
Saturday. "It's even more exciting to come away with a win."
He and teammate Shelden Williams had a lot to do with that.
Redick made a go-ahead 3-pointer and scored eight of his 36
points in overtime, while Williams added 27 points and 13 rebounds
It was the 11th double-double of the season for Williams,
including five in the past six games. He also made two clinching
free throws in the final seconds for the Blue Devils (21-1, 9-0
Atlantic Coast Conference).
"They were a very hungry team," Williams said. "A team like
that, playing like that -- I hope they play like that for the rest
of the season."
Todd Galloway made a running 3 just before the final buzzer for
the Seminoles (13-6, 4-5). They led 91-89 with about 2 minutes
remaining in overtime following a jumper by Al Thornton, two of his
37 points that tied a career high.
Redick scored in the lane to tie it, and after Isaiah Swann
missed on the other end, Duke gave the ball to Redick. His effort
from beyond the arc in the corner swished through to make it 94-91,
and he later made one of two free throws to increase the margin to
Galloway scored on a drive to make it a two-point game, and
Williams clanged two free throws off the rim to give Florida State
a chance. But Galloway's drive to the basket was thwarted by
Williams, and despite replays that clearly showed the ball going
out of bounds off Williams, the Blue Devils were given possession.
It was the second consecutive game that Williams stopped a drive
in the final seconds. He did the same in a two-point victory over
Boston College (No. 14 ESPN/USA Today, No. 15 AP) earlier in the week.
"I was squared up with him and he kind of jumped with me,"
Galloway said. "I thought he got my elbow, then I thought the ball
went off him."
No such luck for Florida State. This time, Williams made both at
the line when he was fouled, and the victory was finally secure.
Jason Rich had 20 points and Thornton added 15 rebounds for the
Seminoles, who fell to 0-15 in road games against Duke. Their five
ACC losses have been by a total of 17 points.
"To play this hard and this well and still not win, that's
tough to take," Thornton said. "We'll try to learn from this and
There was a lot to see, including an attentive Alex Rodriguez
sitting near the Blue Devils bench in a white Duke T-shirt. The New
York Yankees third baseman clearly enjoyed his first visit to
Cameron Indoor Stadium, laughing at the antics of the Crazies and
rooting for the home team.
There were two intentional fouls called on Florida State center
Alexander Johnson, and the second led to double technicals on him
and Williams. That was Johnson's fifth personal, sending him to the
bench for the final 9 minutes of regulation.
Referee Ed Corbett left the floor about 3 minutes later with a
sprained knee, leaving Ray Natili and Mike Eades by themselves. And
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski called a timeout in the first half
simply to yell at his players, hoping to motivate them after a
"His message was basically that we weren't playing hard and we
weren't being tough," Redick said. "We didn't do a lot of things
well. We didn't rebound too well, we didn't take care of the ball
well, but we did enough things well to win the game."
Krzyzewski's ploy worked, but the Seminoles kept up. Thornton,
who scored 10 of their first 12 points, completed the opening 20
minutes with a layup to give him 19 at the break. It gave his team
a 45-43 lead, only the third time this season the Blue Devils
trailed at halftime at home.
"I am proud of our guys to win against a team that played so
well and so hard," Krzyzewski said. "Just to find a way to win is
noteworthy. You can break down X's and O's and all that. They had
more energy than us."
Florida State led by four points in the second half, and Duke
moved ahead by five for its largest lead.
"This team is way past moral victories," Galloway said. "If
we can replicate this effort, it's going to be tough for teams to