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OT thriller: FSU takes down No. 6 Duke

Florida State let a late lead evaporate in regulation. But the Seminoles wouldn’t allow a win to slip away in overtime.

RayQuan Evans made a pair of free throws with 12 seconds to go and John Butler Jr. blocked a Wendell Moore Jr. shot with two seconds to go as Florida State stunned No. 6 Duke 79-78 in overtime on Tuesday.

Florida State (11-5, 5-2 ACC) let a nine-point second-half disappear in regulation but held on in the overtime to secure its first win over a ranked Duke since Jan. 10, 2017. It was Florida State’s 14th win over an AP top 25 team in the last four seasons.

Caleb Mills had 16 of his 18 points in the second half and overtime to help Florida State pull off the upset. The Seminoles also had nine steals in winning their fourth straight ACC game.

“I thought our effort was at a level 5 tonight, offensively and defensively,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said.. “It took a tremendous effort on our kids’ part.”

Paolo Banchero scored 20 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, the fourth straight game he has scored 20 or more points, and Mark Williams had 15 points and seven rebounds for Duke (14-3, 4-2).

Butler had a season-best 14 points, making 5 of 8 shots from the floor and 3 of 4 from 3-point range.

Naheem McLeod had a season-best nine points and season-high seven rebounds for the Seminoles. Malik Osborne had seven points and seven rebounds in 32 minutes, playing the most minute of any FSU player after he missed the Syracuse game.

Evans and Anthony Polite were quiet early, scoring just two combined points in the first half. But Polite finished with nine points and five assists, while Evans had six points and five assists. 

A week ago, it was Evans who also drove the lane in the final seconds of regulation, drawing a foul and sinking two free-throw attempts as Florida State knocked off Miami. This time he drove again, hitting a critical shot to pull off the upset.

“I just think in the moment I did what the team needed me to do,” Evans said.

Duke made a furious comeback from a nine-point deficit in the final seven minutes of regulation, taking the lead briefly on a Mark Williams’ dunk with 30 seconds to go. But Evans drove the lane and his shot off the glass with a second left sent the game to overtime.

“That was just a tremendous basketball game,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “Two teams that just played their hearts out. I thought it was the most physical game we’ve been in.”

FSU fans stormed the court after the win, the 13th straight overtime victory.

Box score

The FSU-Duke box score can be viewed here.

Injury report

Duke starting guard Trevor Keels went down with what Krzyzewski said was a calf injury with 10:11 left in regulation. Keels had nine points on 3 of 11 shooting.

Tanor Ngom played for the first time since Nov. 24 against Boston University. Ngom took part in warmups and played the final 1:27 in the first half, pulling down a rebound. He had missed nine straight games.

Up next

Florida State plays host to North Florida on Thursday at noon (live stream on ACC Network Extra).