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No. 8 Duke Blue Devils take down Florida State Seminoles 70-56

DURHAM, N.C. — Kyle Singler and No. 8 Duke got rolling just in time to pull out a close game — or, at least, what passes for one these days at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Singler had 12 of his 20 points in the second half and the Blue Devils pulled away late to beat Florida State 70-56 Wednesday night.

Jon Scheyer had 22 points for the Blue Devils (17-3, 5-2 ACC), who shot 43 percent against the nation's toughest field-goal percentage defense and forced 22 turnovers. But they needed a late 15-4 run to seal their 14th straight win at Cameron.

"It wasn't really a pretty game," Singler said. "We had to grind it out, and we just made plays at the end."

Solomon Alabi had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Chris Singleton added 14 points for the Seminoles (15-5, 3-3). They outrebounded the Blue Devils 40-30 and held them without a field goal for more than six minutes to erase most of a 16-point deficit, but they ultimately were denied their second straight victory against a Top 25 opponent three days after beating then-No. 19 Georgia Tech.

"I felt like we are the better team," Singleton said. "They have a lot of talent, and we have a lot of talent. We showed that we're a good team, but we need to put it all together."

Singleton made things interesting late, hitting a free throw to make it 51-47 with 8:56 left. The Seminoles then had a stretch in which they missed several free throws, got the rebounds then couldn't do anything with them.

The Blue Devils pulled away down the stretch with seven straight points.

Scheyer hit a 19-footer, Brian Zoubek added a stickback and Singler sank a 3-pointer with 5:45 left to get the decisive run rolling and restore Duke's double-figure lead.

It wasn't until then that the Blue Devils were assured of extending a few streaks at Cameron. They claimed their 39th straight victory there against unranked opponents, a string that dates to the Seminoles' win in February 2007, and improved to 12-0 this season at home, winning 10 of those by at least 20 points. Before this one, their average margin of victory here was more than 30 points.

FSU can take solace in this: The only team to keep things this tight in this arena was St. John's, an 80-71 loser in December.

"They're playing the best basketball in the ACC," FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said of Duke. "They're playing with a level of maturity that we have not grown to yet. … They played like a very mature, junior-senior team, and at times, we played like a freshman-sophomore team."

No. 8 Duke 70

FSU 56

No. 8 Duke Blue Devils take down Florida State Seminoles 70-56 01/27/10 [Last modified: Thursday, January 28, 2010 12:26am]
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