The Seminoles anticipated it would be R.J. The Seminoles received huge free throws from sophomore Mfiondu Kabengele to tie the game with 2:01 left. Reddish trailed Barrett with 23 points, 15 of which were generated from 3-point range.
"It's a blessing", Reddish said. "Nate ran back and told me he had double vision. I'm just glad I was able to make that shot".
He suffered from double vision and sat on the bench in the second half but Krzyzewski said it's possible that Williamson will play in Duke's next game against Syracuse.
Duke almost suffered its second loss of the season on Saturday. Florida State's Trent Forrest hit the freshman in the face and Williamson landed hard on the court. There was 15.8 remaining in the game and Savoy made two of three to give the Noles a 78-76 lead. But he had six assists and three steals while playing all 40 minutes and committing just one turnover. But he only made one free throw. Senior Phil Cofer added 21. But after review, officials said the ball went out of bounds on Florida State, giving the Blue Devils another chance at the win.
"With the trust we have", Jones said, "we knew with the trust we have in each other we could get the win". We're going to him down the stretch. He also managed to corral a game-high eight rebounds, five of them offensive, in only 17 minutes of play.
The experience of winning in a hostile environment, without their best player, will serve Duke well as the season progresses.
Reddish and Barrett were stunned that he was left all alone.
Hamilton said the Seminoles have a prime goal this weekend, and that's to play within themselves. Barrett and Reddish "kept us in it", Krzyzewski said. I expected them to get the ball inbounds, but not a direct pass out of bounds to a guy at the elbow. There's no telling how good they're going to be come March and they're to be commended for the outstanding job they're doing. And this time they fell just short. From three-point range, seven have shot less than.320. They combined to go 9-of-15 from behind the arc.
FSU has had success against top-ranked teams in recent years, with victories over No. 1 North Carolina in the semifinals of the 2009 ACC Tournament and during the 2010-11 regular season, and against Duke in Tallahassee on January 6, 2002.
"Prove is not the word", he said.