Duke dominates at FSU 79-60
Posted February 2, 2013
Tallahassee, Fla. — FINAL: Duke 79, FSU 60
Duke shot the lights out in Tallahassee en route to a huge win over Florida State. Seth Curry led the Blue Devils with 21 points including 5 three-pointers. Quinn Cook also had 18 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds for Duke. Curry, Cook, and Rasheed Sulaimon combined for 53 of the 79 Duke points. The Blue Devils held FSU to one double-digit scorer and 3 of 13 shooting from three.
3:14 2nd: Duke 76, FSU 53
Duke continues to shoot a scorching 63 percent from the floor. The Devils have hit 11 threes. Florida State is only 3 of 13 from long range, and leading scorer Michael Snaer is 3 of 12 for 7 points.
7:43 2nd: Duke 70, FSU 45
Seth Curry has had the hot hand for Duke shooting 7 of 11 from the field including 6 of 8 from three. Quinn Cook has done a nice job running the offense for Devils, with 12 points and 6 assists. Aaron Thomas leads the Seminoles with 11 points on 3 for 6 shooting. Michael Snaer is 2 of 11 for 5 points.
11:09 2nd: Duke 65, FSU 41
Duke continues to pile on the points in Tallahassee. Seth Curry, Rasheed Sulaimon, and Quinn Cook are all in double figures for the Blue Devils and have hit a combined 9 three-pointers. Florida State continues to struggle from behind the arc, shooting 3 of 13 from distance.
15:13 2nd: Duke 55, FSU 34
Back-to-back threes for Duke to open the 2nd half stretched the Blue Devil lead to 26 points. Seth Curry continues to lead the Blue Devils with 19 points, 15 of which have come from behind the arc. Michael Snaer, FSU's leading scorer, hit his first field goal to cut the lead to 22. His three was only FSU's second for the game. The Seminoles are shooting 32 percent for the game.
Halftime: Duke 42, FSU 22
Duke leads Florida State by 20 behind some hot shooting. The Blue Devils are shooting 62 percent from the field, including 57 percent from downtown. Seth Curry leads Duke with 13 points, including 3 three-pointers. The Duke defense has suffocated the Seminoles, allowing FSU to shoot 29 percent in the first half. Michael Snaer, Florida State's leading scorer, is 0 for 2 shooting for 0 points.
3:56 1st: Duke 36, FSU 12
Duke has dominated from the opening tip at Florida State. Seth Curry has 11 points, including 3 three-pointers, along with 2 assists and 2 steals for Duke. The Blue Devils are shooting 67 percent from the field and are holding Florida State to 25 percent shooting. FSU's leading scorer, Michael Snaer, has not scored.
7:52 1st: Duke 27, FSU 10
Quinn Cook leads the Devils with 9 points and 2 assists. Seth Curry has 8 points, including 2 three-pointers, along with 2 assists and 2 steals for Duke. Duke is shooting 75 percent from the field and is holding Florida State to under 30 percent shooting.
11:48 1st: Duke 18, FSU 7
Quinn Cook still leads the Devils with 7 points and 2 assists. Duke is shooting 80 percent from the field and is holding Florida State to 30 percent shooting. The Duke defense has also forced 4 early turnovers.
15:21 1st: Duke 11, FSU 2
Quinn Cook leads the Devils with 5 early points. Mason Plumlee, Rasheed Sulaimon, and Seth Curry have two points a piece. Duke is shooting 5 of 6 from the field while holding the Seminoles to 1 of 7 shooting.
The fifth-ranked Duke Blue Devils set their sights on getting back into the Atlantic Coast Conference race Saturday at 2 p.m. as they take on the Florida State Seminoles at the Tucker Center in Tallahassee.
Mike Krzyzewski's Blue Devils are the highest-ranked team in the ACC, but sit in second place in the conference standings at 5-2, a full two games behind league-leading Miami. Duke has won two straight games since getting blown out by the Hurricanes on Jan. 23, getting past both Maryland (84-64) and Wake Forest (75-70) in the last week.
Leonard Hamilton's Seminoles were supposed to take another step in the right direction in 2012-13, but inconsistency has plagued the team, which enters this contest at 12-8 overall and 4-3 in-conference. The Seminoles have won two of their last three games, including a thrilling 73-71 win over Maryland on Wednesday.
Duke holds a commanding 31-9 lead in the all-time series with Florida State and is 13-6 against the Seminoles in Tallahassee. However, FSU has won three of the last four meetings.
Mason Plumlee erupted for a career-high 32 points, leading Duke to a five-point win over a pesky Wake Forest squad last time out. Seth Curry was a perfect complement, pouring in 21 points, as Duke shot 51.9 percent from the floor, despite a mere 2-of-14 effort from three-point range. Quinn Cook added 12 points to the cause, while dishing out seven assists.
Duke utilizes a balanced offensive attack, taking advantage of Plumlee's interior dominance and the team's long-range snipers. The 6-foot-10 Plumlee has been unstoppable this season, converting just under 60 percent of his shots and leading Duke in both scoring (18.1 ppg) and rebounding (11.1 rpg).
Curry is shooting 41.4 percent from behind the arc and is pouring in 16.0 ppg. The team is still without the services of three-point specialist Ryan Kelly (13.4 ppg, .521 from beyond the arc), but Rasheed Sulaimon (11.7 ppg) and Cook (11.2 ppg) have helped assuage the loss.
For the fourth time, Michael Snaer saved the day, as his three-pointer with just over a second to go did in the Terrapins this week. Snaer finished with a game-high 19 points, hitting three 3-pointers and going 7-of-13 from the floor overall. Okaro White added 14 points and Ian Miller came off the bench with 10, as FSU won despite getting crushed on the boards (36-20).
Snaer certainly has a knack for being a clutch performer and leads the Seminoles in the scoring column at 14.2 ppg. White is the only other double- digit threat in terms of scoring average, netting 12.7 ppg. The Seminoles are putting up rather modest offensive numbers this season, averaging 69.2 ppg, on 44 percent shooting. The team is also being out-rebounded by almost three boards per contest.
Tallahassee has not been the safest of havens for Florida State this season, as the team is just 6-5 at home this year. Duke can't afford to fall any further back in the league standings, and although the Blue Devils have struggled with the Seminoles lately, they should be up to the task this time around.