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Duke Too Much for FSU in ACC Championship, 73-63

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10 years ago — almost to the day — Florida State lost to Duke by 10 for the ACC Championship in Atlanta. On Saturday night in Charlotte, history repeated itself.

The third-seeded Blue Devils (29-5) stifled fourth-seeded FSU (27-7) in the second half to leave with a 73-63 victory in the ACC Championship. It is Duke’s 21st conference title.

The Seminoles started strong, jumping to a 27-19 lead. The Blue Devils answered with eight straight points of their own. At halftime, the score was knotted at 36.

After a 3-pointer by FSU’s Terance Mann opened the second half, Duke responded with 10 straight points and never ceased control. The lead would balloon to as many as 14.

FSU would whittle the lead to five at 63-58 with less than five minutes to play, but went scoreless on six straight possessions. Duke countered with nine straight to put the contest out of reach.

Duke shot 49 percent in the victory to just 32 percent for the Seminoles, but FSU was 8 of 20 from deep and 15-for-16 from the foul line to stay in the game. Florida State was also outrebounded by the Blue Devils, 39-33.

Zion Williamson paced Duke with 21 points in the victory while R.J. Barrett added 17 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Tre Jones had a stellar night with 18 points and six assists. Cam Reddish hit double-figures with 11 points.

For FSU, Mfiondu Kabengele led the way with 14 points and three blocks. Terance Mann added 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

The loss for FSU is just its second in 17 games as the Seminoles will await to see their NCAA Tournament seed, opponent and destination on Sunday. Duke will likely be a No. 1 seed.

Mike Ferguson is the editor of The Daily Nole. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeWFerguson

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