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Dec 5, 1996

Blue Devils Bounce Back, Bump FSU, 72-66

Greg Newton scored 21 points as No. 10 Duke rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to post a 72-66 overtime victory over Florida State in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both schools.

Trajan Langdon added 15 of 18 points for the Blue Devils (5-1), who became the fifth school in NCAA history to reach the 1,500-win plateau. Duke joined Kentucky, conference rival North Carolina, Kansas and St. John's in that elite circle.

Randell Jackson scored 17 points and James Collins added 13 for Florida State (3-1), which had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation. Lamarr Greer missed an 18-footer from the left side in the final seconds.

Duke leads the all-time series, 10-2, and has won nine of 11 games between the schools since Florida State joined the ACC.

"We're exhausted and we're happy," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "We jell great about beating an outstanding team tonight. Our defense was very good in the second half and overtime. We didn't give many open looks. As usual, it was a great ACC game. Any ACC win is a cherished one. It was a heck of a win for us."

Geoff Brower gave Florida State its final lead when he made the first of two free throws two seconds into overtime for a 64-63 lead. But Carmen Wallace answered with two free throws and Newton followed with a layup to give Duke a 67-64 lead at the 2:28 mark.

Randell Jackson pulled the Seminoles within 67-66 on a dunk with 2:04 to play, but Langdon put the game out of reach with a three-pointer to make it 70-66 with 43 seconds remaining. Wallace, who had 13 points off the bench, capped the scoring with a pair of free throws with seven seconds to go.

"Carmen was fantastic," added Krzyzewski. "He was the only guy going as hard as we wanted in the first half."

Duke trailed by as many as 10 points in the second half, the last time at 42-32 after Jackson made two free throws 2:20 into the second half. Florida State still led 45-38 after a jumper by Collins, but Duke answered with a 10-2 burst to take their first lead of the game.

Chris Carrawell and Ricky Price made layups but Kirk Luchman andwered with a layup to give Florida State a 47-42 lead at the 12:16 left. Langdon drilled a three-pointer and Newton capped the run with a slam dunk that led to a three-point play and gave Duke a 48-47 edge with 11:13 remaining.

Florida State battled back to open up a 56-52 lead with 5:59 remaining, but Langdon responded with five straight points on a jumper and three free throws, giving Duke a 57-56 lead 49 seconds later.

Steve Wojciechowski snapped a tie with a three-pointer to give Duke a 62-59 lead with 2:45 to go, but Kerry Thompson made a layup and Luchman hit two foul shots to make it 63-62 with 54 seconds left. Langdon made the second of two free throws 16 seconds later to tie the game, forcing overtime.

Duke shot just 23 percent (7-of-30) from the field in the first half and 32 percent (21-of-66) overall. The Blue Devils made just 6-of-25 from three-point range.

"I thought Wojo played so well and hit such a big three-point shot," said Krzyzewski. "Trajan in the last couple of minutes his defense on Collins, he didn't give him an open look."

After shooting 52 percent (14-of-27) in the first half, the Seminoles made just 8-of-29 in the second half and shot 38 percent (21-of-66) overall. Florida State was also outrebounded 48-38, including 24-17 on the offensive glass.

FLORIDA ST (66)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Jackson         37  6-16   5-5   3-6  0  4   17
Greer           28   3-7   0-0  4-10  2  5    7
Luchman         27  3-10   2-2   2-6  0  5    8
K Thompson      35   3-9   0-3   2-3  6  1    6
Collins         41   4-9   4-6   0-4  1  4   13
Brower          26   2-6   4-6   1-1  1  3    9
Deas            10   2-2   0-1   0-1  0  2    6
Hale            16   0-1   0-0   0-1  0  2    0
Sparks           5   0-1   0-0   0-1  0  2    0
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TOTALS         225 23-61 15-23 12-33 10 28   66
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Percentages: FG-.377, FT-.652. 3-Point Goals:
5-14, .357 (Jackson 0-1, Greer 1-3, Collins 1-3,
Brower 1-4, Deas 2-2, Hale 0-1). Team rebounds:
5. Blocked shots: None. Turnovers: 21 (Collins 3,
Greer 3, K Thompson 3, Luchman 3, Brower 2, Hale
2, Jackson 2, Sparks 2, Deas). Steals: 10
(Jackson 3, Greer 2, K Thompson 2, Brower,
Collins, Luchman).
DUKE (72)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Mcleod          10   1-5   0-0   2-2  0  1    2
Capel           22   0-9   0-0   1-3  3  3    0
Newton          39  6-10  9-12  6-13  0  2   21
Wojciechowski   39   2-9   0-0   1-3  3  2    6
Langdon         35  4-13   7-9   1-3  2  0   18
Price           21   1-5   4-4   1-2  0  5    6
Carrawell       24   2-6   0-0   4-7  1  1    4
Chappell         8   1-2   0-1   0-2  1  2    2
Wallace         27   4-7   4-6  6-11  0  2   13
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TOTALS         225 21-66 24-32 22-46 10 18   72
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Percentages: FG-.318, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals:
6-25, .240 (Mcleod 0-1, Capel 0-2, Wojciechowski
2-8, Langdon 3-10, Price 0-1, Chappell 0-1,
Wallace 1-2). Team rebounds: 2. Blocked shots: 4
(Newton 2, Wallace 2). Turnovers: 20
(Wojciechowski 5, Capel 3, Carrawell 3, Langdon
3, Mcleod 2, Price 2, Newton, Wallace). Steals: 7
(Wojciechowski 3, Wallace 2, Capel, Carrawell).
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Florida St         36   27    3  -   66
Duke               29   34    9  -   72
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Technical fouls: None.  A: 9,314. Officials: Dick
Paparo, Carl Hess, Frank Scagliotta.

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