#5 Duke beats FSU 79-60
Duke raced to an 18-2 lead and never looked back, building a 26-point advantage at one point
Seth Curry scored 21 points, Quinn Cook added 18 and fifth-ranked Duke cruised to a 79-60 win Saturday over defending Atlantic Coast Conference champion Florida State.
Duke raced to an 18-2 lead and never looked back, building a 26-point advantage at one point on the way to a 42-22 cushion at halftime.
Curry, who had 13 points at the break, was 7 of 11 from the field and 5 of 7 from behind the arc. Cook was 4 of 6 from long range.
Freshmen Rasheed Sulaimon added 14 points and Amile Jefferson 11 for Duke, which held its largest lead at 50-22 after Jefferson hit a pair of free throws 2 minutes into the second half.
It was a runaway from the beginning.
The Blue Devils (19-2, 6-2 ACC) scored the game's first 11 points, while Florida State went nearly six-and-a-half minutes before getting its second basket. Duke shot 60.8 percent and connected on 11 of 18 from 3-point range as Florida State allowed a season high in points.
Freshman Aaron Thomas led Florida State (12-9, 4-4) with 14 points.
Curry hit two free throws after Florida State's Michael Snaer was whistled for a technical foul to give Duke a 38-12 lead with 3:09 left in the first half.
Snaer, Florida State's leading scorer, was held without a point until nearly 5 minutes were gone in the second half when he connected on a 3-pointer from the corner. Snaer, whose 3 with 1.1 seconds on the clock lifted the Seminoles to a 73-71 win over Maryland on Wednesday, was just 3 of 13 from the floor for the Seminoles, who shot 41.8 percent overall.
The Blue Devils shot 62 percent in the first half, while Florida State hit just 28 percent of its shots.
Duke was without 6-foot-11 senior Ryan Kelly for a sixth straight game. Kelly, who is Duke's third-leading scorer and second-leading rebounder, was on the bench in street clothes and a walking boot on his right foot.
The Seminoles have been living dangerously of late, stealing a pair of wins in a week on Snaer's last-second 3-pointers. Snaer also hit a buzzer-beater at Duke last year that sank the Blue Devils.
They've been surprisingly competitive in several games despite struggling on the glass, a problem made all the worse by a potential season-ending injury to redshirt junior Terrance Shannon - their most reliable rebounder.
Shannon collided with Virginia forward Evan Nolte and fell to the court during the Seminoles' 56-36 loss to the Cavaliers on Jan. 19. He lay motionless for 10 minutes before being removed on a stretcher and taken to the hospital with a neck injury. He was released the next day.
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