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FSU loses to No. 18 Duke

DURHAM, N.C. — Florida State shot well enough to give itself a chance at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Seminoles undermined that effort by failing to keep Duke off the glass.

The No. 18 Blue Devils had a 47-24 rebounding advantage, including 27 offensive rebounds that led to 29 second-chance points in a 78-56 victory Saturday. The offensive boards gave Duke 15 more shots and 25 more free throws, which offset a miserable shooting performance that coach Mike Krzyzewski credited to FSU's defense.

"When you're going on a run, your enthusiasm is at an all-time high," former Clearwater High standout Okaro White said, "and offensive rebounds and putbacks hurt because you play so hard the entire defensive possession. And you have to finish that possession with a rebound."

The Blue Devils had 16 offensive rebounds in the second half and rebounded 54 percent of their missed shots or free throws for the entire game.

FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said he thought Duke was more aggressive.

"We've been holding our own on the boards, but we had to go small to adjust to their lineup and we were not as big as we normally are," Hamilton said. "They did a very good job of taking advantage of … our lack of size during most of the game and secondly, I thought they were a lot more aggressive attacking the boards and coming off the bounce. And then getting as many offensive rebounds as they did put us in position where we fouled an awful lot."

Rodney Hood scored 18 for Duke as Krzyzewski, the Hall of Fame coach, earned his 900th victory at the school.

Jabari Parker added 14 points for the Blue Devils (16-4, 5-2 ACC), who won their fourth straight and extended the nation's longest active home winning streak to 28 games. Duke used an 11-0 run late in the first half to build a 20-point lead and never let the Seminoles get within single digits again.

Duke won despite shooting 31 percent, but it converted 17 turnovers into 29 points against the Seminoles (13-6, 4-3).

Krzyzewski is the men's Division I leader with 973 victories. He joins Syracuse's Jim Boeheim as the only coaches with at least 900 wins at one program.

"That's a lot of wins," Krzyzewski said. "I thank Duke for keeping me. I've been blessed with being at one of the greatest schools in the world. Great schools don't necessarily always have great people in command. This school has."

FSU loses to No. 18 Duke 01/25/14 [Last modified: Saturday, January 25, 2014 11:50pm]
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