No. 2 Duke takes 66-58 ACC win at Florida State
Published 9:20 pm Sunday, January 11, 2009
By By BRENT KALLESTAD, Associated Press Writer
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Duke’s Gerald Henderson was just about the only player on target Saturday, and that was the difference for the Blue Devils.
The 6-foot-4 junior swingman scored a career-high 25 points, leading the second-ranked Blue Devils to a 66-58 victory at Florida State.
Duke (14-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) ran off the first nine points of the second half during a 41-11 run to build their largest lead of the game, 46-21 with 12:45 left.
Toney Douglas led Florida State (13-3, 0-1) with 18 points, but was just 7-of-23 from the floor as the Seminoles shot just 31 percent.
The first half was believed to be one of the lowest scoring in the ACC since a 45-second shot clock was introduced in the 1985-86 season. It was later cut to 35 seconds.
Duke led 19-14 at the break, making just five field goals — one on a goaltending call to go along with four baskets by Henderson. Florida State scored only four points in the final 13:07 of the half, going scoreless for 7 minutes, 58 seconds at one stretch.
In the second half, the Blue Devils went 7:14 without a basket until Henderson’s layup with 5:31 left gave Duke a 53-42 lead.
Derwin Kitchen scored 16 points and Uche Echefu 10 to get Florida State back into the game in the final minutes. Both players scored all of their points in the final 13 minutes as the Seminoles pulled to single digits, 51-42, with 6:03 left on a pair of free throws by Douglas.
Henderson’s 9-of-14 shooting helped Duke shoot 42.9 percent from the field. Kyle Singler chipped in with 15 points for the winners and Nolan Smith added a dozen more.
Henderson didn’t have anything to prove to Hamilton.