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No. 2 Duke survives at Florida State with last-second shot by unsung freshman hero

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No. 2 Duke survives at Florida State with last-second shot by unsung freshman hero

Duke freshman Zion Williamson — as has been the case all season — drew most of the attention prior to the Blue Devils’ game against Florida State on Saturday.

Fellow freshman RJ Barrett scored a career-high 32 points in the ACC battle in Tallahassee. 

But it was Duke’s other top-rated freshman, Cam Reddish, who played the role of hero in the Blue Devils’ last-second, 80-78 win over the 13th-ranked Seminoles. 

Trailing by one with three seconds remaining, Reddish drilled an uncontested three-pointer to lift Duke for the go-ahead basket in the down-to-the-wire clash that seemed in FSU’s favor up until the final play. Reddish finished with 23 points. 

Duke had a chance to tie the game with five seconds left, but Barrett missed his second free throw. The Blue Devils kept their hopes alive, however, and retained possession when FSU lost the rebound out of bounds. 

Florida State’s size proved to cause significant problems for the Blue Devils, who thrive off of playing positionless basketball with freshmen stars Barrett, Williamson and Reddish all versatile standing around 6-foot-7. 

Williamson, who had to leave the game for a brief duration after getting poked in the eye and wasn’t his usual self, finished with just 11 points. Williamson also was on the bench during key portions of the game as a result. 

Mfiondu Kabengele had 24 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for FSU and Phil Cofer added 21 points in the loss. 

The Blue Devils (14-1, 3-0) are one of three unbeaten teams in ACC play, along with No. 1 Virginia and No. 7 Virginia Tech. 

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