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FSU loses to Duke

FSU’s Kiel Turpin fights Duke’s Mason Plumlee, center, and Seth Curry for a loose ball.

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FSU’s Kiel Turpin fights Duke’s Mason Plumlee, center, and Seth Curry for a loose ball.

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton got a glimpse Saturday of the level he wants his team to reach.

Duke tends to have that effect.

The fifth-ranked Blue Devils simply shot the Seminoles out of the gym and likely out of any NCAA Tournament hopes with a 79-60 win.

Duke's backcourt of Seth Curry (21 points) and Quinn Cook (18) led the onslaught. Curry and Cook combined to make 9 of 13 3-pointers, effectively taking FSU out of the game early.

"It was raining 3's," Hamilton said. "They were able to put themselves at that magic level that has been elusive to us."

The Blue Devils (19-2, 6-2 ACC) were crisp from the opening tip until the final horn, blowing past the defending ACC tournament champions with ease.

"It doesn't feel the same as it did last year," the Seminoles' Ian Miller said. "We enjoyed seeing teams panic. This year, we're the team panicking."

Duke scored the game's first 11, and FSU went nearly 61/2 minutes before getting its second basket. Duke shot 60.8 percent and made 11 of 18 3-pointers as the Seminoles allowed a season high in points.

Aaron Thomas had 14 points and fellow freshman Devon Bookert added nine for FSU (12-9, 4-4). Senior scoring leader Michael Snaer had just seven points on 3-of-13 shooting.

FSU has been manhandled by ranked teams Miami, Minnesota, Florida and now Duke while also stealing a pair of ACC wins with last-second shots by Snaer.

But while Hamilton tries to find the right mix, he'll likely have to continue turning to his youngsters in hopes of a strong finish to reach the NCAA Tournament and a fifth straight 20-win season.

"If we are going to find a way to get back in the NCAA conversation, we're going to have to do something exceptional," Hamilton said. "We're not going to have very much room for error."

The Seminoles have been competitive in several games despite struggling on the glass, a problem made worse by a potential season-ending injury to redshirt junior Terrance Shannon, their most reliable rebounder.

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