Duke falls at home
DURHAM, N.C. – The images that will linger after Florida State’s 68-67 victory over No. 8 Duke on Sunday will include Seminole Al Thornton nodding his head and clapping as he yelled, “Yeah!” in front of a booing section of Cameron Crazies. At the same time, teammates Jason Rich and Jerel Allen popped their jerseys as several forlorn Blue Devils looked on. The Devils could only watch after captains Greg Paulus, Josh McRoberts and DeMarcus Nelson each drove and shot inside the paint in the final 7.7 seconds of play to try to win the game. All three chances glanced off the rim. The Blue Devils (18-5, 5-4), who have lost two straight ACC games for the second time this season, couldn’t swallow losing or watching the Seminoles celebrate their first-ever win at Cameron. “You have pride in your home,” Paulus said after scoring a game-high 23 points. “They shouldn’t be doing that in your home, but (the Seminoles) played well. They got the job done.” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said he was too busy consoling his players to see how the Seminoles were celebrating, but Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton called it “unfortunate” and “poor judgment” to celebrate that way. “Obviously when you haven’t won in a place for 15 years and you’re really excited, I think that was the youngsters being a little overzealous,” said Hamilton, who is 3-5 against Duke at Florida State. “There’s no excuse when you don’t handle things the right way.” Both teams let the emotion of the game boil over at times. With 9:47 left in the game, Paulus fouled Florida State guard Toney Douglas, forcing him out of bounds near the Seminole bench. Paulus appeared to be talking at Douglas until Douglas whipped around. Hamilton grabbed Douglas to keep him nearby as Paulus was tagged with a technical foul. With 2:56 left, Hamilton, who had been unhappy with the ACC officials for several minutes, picked up his own technical while throwing his jacket. Hamilton said after the game that he was “hot” and he had to take the jacket off. Duke’s Jon Scheyer hit both free throws to cut Florida State’s lead to 68-67. The statistics didn’t reveal any advantage for either team, though Thornton challenged four different Devils – Lance Thomas, David McClure, Gerald Henderson and McRoberts – at different times, scoring 21 points with eight rebounds. But Florida State (17-6, 5-4) dusted itself off after Duke gained a 27-10 lead in the first half. Paulus, who scored 12 of those 27, kept spotting up for jumpers and waiting for the Seminoles to stop him. But the Seminoles answered with a 15-2 run behind Uche Echefu’s seven points. Toward the end of that stretch, McRoberts picked up his second and third fouls in a 20-second span. Duke led 36-33 at halftime. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!