Deja Vu All Over Again

FSU beat Duke 75-70 Sunday night, and students and adults alike stormed center court to congratulate their team for the duplication of last year's unexpected feat.

If the Florida State Seminoles keep playing like this, Coach Krzyzewski is not going to allow his schedule to include Sunday night matchups with the 'Noles in Tallahassee. For the second straight year, the Seminoles upset the Duke Blue Devils. Although not ranked number one this team, the fifth ranked Blue Devils once again came into the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center as part of Fox Sports ACC Sunday ACC television package. And once again they lost this time falling 75-70 to the upstart 'Noles providing another scene of chaos on the floor following the final buzzer.

A public address announcement to the crowd gathering around the court not to rush the court did little to dissuade the pandemonium that ensued after Adam Waleskowski slam-dunked the final basket seconds before the game ended. Students and adults alike stormed center court to congratulate their team for the duplication of last year's unexpected feat.

By far it was the best effort for an entire game by the Seminoles so far this season. The Tribe took a lead at the 13:51 mark of the first half. Despite numerous attempts by Duke to overtake them, the Seminoles stiffened every time and met every challenge. If Coach Leonard Hamilton was looking for a 40-minute effort, this was it.

However, listening to Hamilton in his post game comments, it was just one victory in this season among the eleven total wins the Seminoles have to date. Such is the attitude of the head coach who as Seminole radio play-by-play man Gene Deckerhoff put it, the man had a blood transfusion in his younger days replacing it with ice water. It's just one game that resulted in a win for the coach. Now it's on to the North Carolina Tarheels.

It is an attitude rubbing off on his squad. Following the game, Mike Mathews stated he (and the team) knew they were going to win this game. They certainly celebrated with their fans when the buzzer sounded. But, the attention had shifted to the Tarheels just a half hour following the tremendous victory.

 For Krzyzewski it was a different perception. Steaming from this loss, as he did last year, the doors remained closed to the visitor's locker room for some time following the game's conclusion. In fact the Duke radio broadcast could never get to its live post-game interview with the coach.

Leading the way once again for the Seminoles (how many times have we said that) was Tim Pickett. As impressive as his 15 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals were, it was his defense on Duke's leading scorer Dahntay Jones that was the most impressive part of his game last night. Jones was held to just 2 points in 34 minutes before he fouled out of the game.

Joining Pickett in double figures was Anthony Richardson with 14 points. After viciously swatting a blocked shot into the courtside seats, he was called for a very questionable foul, his fifth of the game. Hamilton had been looking for someone else to step up offensively and got that last night with Todd Galloway's 13 points. Not looking like a true freshman, it was Galloway's free throws down the stretch that helped keep the Blue Devils at bay. After a lob pass over Mathews to Nick Horvath basket, Richardson hit an eight-foot baseline jumper to give the Seminoles an 11-10 lead. FSU never trailed again. Although Duke tried to regain the lead, the best they could do was tie the 'Noles several times, but not until the second half.

FSU built a five-point lead several times in the first half. Showing his blazing speed that not even Duke could keep up with, Galloway stole the ball and went coast to coast for a crowd-pleasing reverse layup. FSU led 15-10 with that basket. At the 8:25 mark, Michael Joiner gathered in a missed shot by Galloway and the putback made it 25-20. After Daniel Ewing nailed a three-pointer from the right wing with 2:40 left in the half, Richardson answered that twenty seconds later with a three off a pick and roll. FSU now led 37-32.

At that point FSU was shooting lights out connecting on 71% of their shots. Meanwhile the defense was doing its job holding the Blue Devils to just 36% from the floor. A lot of that had to do with the inordinate number of three point shots Duke took.  The Devils launched 20 shots from behind the arc in the first half and 37 for the game connecting on just 12. That contrasted with more efficient 4 of 7 three-point attempts FSU took symbolizing the mental concentration in taking the good shot.

Trevor Harvey had two rebound put back attempts before tipping the ball in. Pickett had an outstanding drive from the left side, stopped, and pivoted twice before hitting the jumper. That extended FSU's lead to 41-32 with 22 seconds left. JJ Redick ended the half at the buzzer with a three off a screen on the left wing.

The key to FSU's first half lead was beating the Blue Devils on the boards.

Duke extended their defense to start the second half in an attempt to disrupt the Seminole offense and cause turnovers. That would have been successful had Duke not turned the ball over themselves early on in the half. Instead, Pickett nailed back-to-back threes and Richardson pulled up in the lane for the easy jump shot. FSU had the largest lead of the game 48-37 with 15:30 to play.

Duke proceeded to go on a 12-1 run that began with a Redick three from the right wing and ended with a streaking Ewing catching a three-quarter court pass for the fast break layup. That was FSU's first challenge with the score now tied at 49.

FSU answered with a jumper by Joiner from the right side baseline. Pickett took a rebound the length of the court for the layup. Duke was forced to call a timeout when Nate Johnson hit all net with a three from the right wing. The Seminoles had regained the lead 56-49 with 8:33 to play.

Duke made another attempt to take the lead when out the timeout Chris Duhon hit the three from above the key and added one of two free throws seconds later. Following a charging call on Galloway, Lee Melchionni nailed a three to tie the game at 56.

Showing much confidence in his young speedster, Hamilton left Galloway in the game to run the point. It was a key move that paid off big. Galloway went the free throw line four straight times canning all four attempts. He added a basket following a Casey Sanders slam-dunk to give FSU a 62-59. But, a layup by Duke made it a one-point game with just over three minutes to play.

FSU still did not crack as Galloway made a nice pass to Waleskowski under the basket. Johnson added a jumper from the right side and FSU led by five 66-61. Richardson made it 67-62 on an alley oop pass on an inbound pass from in front of the FSU bench. With 1:42 the Seminole faithful were feeling an upset was in the works.

Richardson picked up his fifth foul although replays showed Florida State Seminoles keep playing like this, Coach Krzyzewski is not going to allow his schedule to include Sunday night matchups with the 'Noles in Tallahassee. For the second straight year, the Seminoles upset the Duke Blue Devils. Although not ranked number one this team, the fifth ranked Blue Devils once again came into the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center as part of Fox Sports ACC Sunday ACC television package. And once again they lost this time falling 75-70 to the upstart 'Noles providing another scene of chaos on the floor following the final buzzer.\r\n

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A public address announcement to the crowd gathering around the court not to rush the court did little to dissuade the pandemonium that ensued after Adam Waleskowski slam-dunked the final basket seconds before the game ended. Students and adults alike stormed center court to congratulate their team for the duplication of last year's unexpected feat.

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By far it was the best effort for an entire game by the Seminoles so far this season. The Tribe took a lead at the 13:51 mark of the first half. Despite numerous attempts by Duke to overtake them, the Seminoles stiffened every time and met every challenge. If Coach Leonard Hamilton was looking for a 40-minute effort, this was it.

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However, listening to Hamilton in his post game comments, it was just one victory in this season among the eleven total wins the Seminoles have to date. Such is the attitude of the head coach who as Seminole radio play-by-play man Gene Deckerhoff put it, the man had a blood transfusion in his younger days replacing it with ice water. It's just one game that resulted in a win for the coach. Now it's on to the North Carolina Tarheels.

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It is an attitude rubbing off on his squad. Following the game, Mike Mathews stated he (and the team) knew they were going to win this game. They certainly celebrated with their fans when the buzzer sounded. But, the attention had shifted to the Tarheels just a half hour following the tremendous victory.

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 For Krzyzewski it was a different perception. Steaming from this loss, as he did last year, the doors remained closed to the visitor's locker room for some time following the game's conclusion. In fact the Duke radio broadcast could never get to its live post-game interview with the coach.

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Leading the way once again for the Seminoles (how many times have we said that) was Tim Pickett. As impressive as his 15 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals were, it was his defense on Duke's leading scorer Dahntay Jones that was the most impressive part of his game last night. Jones was held to just 2 points in 34 minutes before he fouled out of the game.

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Joining Pickett in double figures was Anthony Richardson with 14 points. After viciously swatting a blocked shot into the courtside seats, he was called for a very questionable foul, his fifth of the game. Hamilton had been looking for someone else to step up offensively and got that last night with Todd Galloway's 13 points. Not looking like a true freshman, it was Galloway's free throws down the stretch that helped keep the Blue Devils at bay. After a lob pass over Mathews to Nick Horvath basket, Richardson hit an eight-foot baseline jumper to give the Seminoles an 11-10 lead. FSU never trailed again. Although Duke tried to regain the lead, the best they could do was tie the 'Noles several times, but not until the second half.

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FSU built a five-point lead several times in the first half. Showing his blazing speed that not even Duke could keep up with, Galloway stole the ball and went coast to coast for a crowd-pleasing reverse layup. FSU led 15-10 with that basket. At the 8:25 mark, Michael Joiner gathered in a missed shot by Galloway and the putback made it 25-20. After Daniel Ewing nailed a three-pointer from the right wing with 2:40 left in the half, Richardson answered that twenty seconds later with a three off a pick and roll. FSU now led 37-32.

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At that point FSU was shooting lights out connecting on 71% of their shots. Meanwhile the defense was doing its job holding the Blue Devils to just 36% from the floor. A lot of that had to do with the inordinate number of three point shots Duke took.  The Devils launched 20 shots from behind the arc in the first half and 37 for the game connecting on just 12. That contrasted with more efficient 4 of 7 three-point attempts FSU took symbolizing the mental concentration in taking the good shot.

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Trevor Harvey had two rebound put back attempts before tipping the ball in. Pickett had an outstanding drive from the left side, stopped, and pivoted twice before hitting the jumper. That extended FSU's lead to 41-32 with 22 seconds left. JJ Redick ended the half at the buzzer with a three off a screen on the left wing.

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The key to FSU's first half lead was beating the Blue Devils on the boards.

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Duke extended their defense to start the second half in an attempt to disrupt the Seminole offense and cause turnovers. That would have been successful had Duke not turned the ball over themselves early on in the half. Instead, Pickett nailed back-to-back threes and Richardson pulled up in the lane for the easy jump shot. FSU had the largest lead of the game 48-37 with 15:30 to play.

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Duke proceeded to go on a 12-1 run that began with a Redick three from the right wing and ended with a streaking Ewing catching a three-quarter court pass for the fast break layup. That was FSU's first challenge with the score now tied at 49.

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FSU answered with a jumper by Joiner from the right side baseline. Pickett took a rebound the length of the court for the layup. Duke was forced to call a timeout when Nate Johnson hit all net with a three from the right wing. The Seminoles had regained the lead 56-49 with 8:33 to play.

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Duke made another attempt to take the lead when out the timeout Chris Duhon hit the three from above the key and added one of two free throws seconds later. Following a charging call on Galloway, Lee Melchionni nailed a three to tie the game at 56.

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Showing much confidence in his young speedster, Hamilton left Galloway in the game to run the point. It was a key move that paid off big. Galloway went the free throw line four straight times canning all four attempts. He added a basket following a Casey Sanders slam-dunk to give FSU a 62-59. But, a layup by Duke made it a one-point game with just over three minutes to play.

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FSU still did not crack as Galloway made a nice pass to Waleskowski under the basket. Johnson added a jumper from the right side and FSU led by five 66-61. Richardson made it 67-62 on an alley oop pass on an inbound pass from in front of the FSU bench. With 1:42 the Seminole faithful were feeling an upset was in the works.

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Richardson picked up his fifth foul although replays showed