Florida State’s good fortunes ran out.
Trent Forrest scored 18 points, pulled down nine rebounds and had eight steals but the No. 8 Seminoles misfired badly from 3-point range and struggled at the free-throw line in a 70-65 loss at No. 7 Duke on Monday night.
FSU (20-4, 10-3 ACC) made just 3 of 18 3-point attempts – coming up short in what had been a strength over the past month. And the Seminoles were just 12 of 20 from the free-throw line – another area that had been a strength for the team.
In a close game, FSU couldn’t make up for those shortcomings.
“Obviously, we got beat by a team tonight that I thought was a lot more efficient than we were in the execution and the offense,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. “We’re normally the No. 1 free throw shooting team in the league. We didn’t shoot well from the three – we shoot about 40% in the league from three. We didn’t hit our free throws and I think we gave up some offensive rebounds at tough points in the game.
“To Duke’s credit, I thought their defense had a little something to do with us not being quite as efficient on the offensive end. I thought we had plenty opportunity and I thought each time we faltered Duke made us pay. That’s what good basketball teams would do. Hopefully we can learn from this.”
Malik Osborne had 14 points and five rebounds for the Seminoles, who shot 25 of 66 (37.9 percent) from the floor. Devin Vassell added 11 points and six rebounds.
FSU created 16 steals.
The Seminoles held two Duke stars in check. Guard Tre Jones had 13 points on 5 of 16 shooting, while center Vernon Carey had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
But Duke’s Jordan Goldwire and Matthew Hurt combined to make 5 of 6 3-pointers. The Blue Devils improved to 21-3, 11-2.
Next up for FSU is a home game against Syracuse on Saturday at noon (ESPN2).