DURHAM, N.C. — Marvin Bagley and Wendell Carter kept cleaning up plenty of misses for No. 4 Duke, and Florida State had no way to stop them, especially down the stretch when the Seminoles’ shots stopped falling.
Bagley had 32 points and a season-best 21 rebounds, and the Blue Devils pulled away to beat the No. 24 Seminoles 100-93 Saturday.
Fellow freshman Carter added 14 points and a season-high 16 rebounds, Grayson Allen scored 22 and Trevon Duval scored 11 of his 16 in the second half to help the Blue Devils (13-1, 1-1 ACC) win a back-and-forth game that had 14 lead changes and the feel of March.
"We couldn’t stop each other," coach Mike Krzyzewski said, "and the will to score and will to win was evident every second from both teams. For us to win that game is sensational for our group."
Phil Cofer scored a career-high 28 and Braian Angola a career-best 23 for FSU (11-2, 0-1), which shot nearly 45 percent and hit 15 3-pointers. Angola’s 3 with just less than four minutes left put the Seminoles up 91-89, but they missed their final eight shots, six long range.
"I thought our kids were connected. We just didn’t have an answer for keeping Bagley and Carter off the glass," coach Leonard Hamilton said. "They are such good athletes and have such great hands and timing and strength. … That made the difference in the game. When you have two guys like that, they make up for misses."
Bagley and Carter combined for 37 rebounds — two more than the entire Seminoles team — and helped Duke impose its will inside when it counted most. Of Duke’s 12 field goals during the last 101/2 minutes, all but one were layups or dunks.
Duval and Carter teamed to make several key plays down the stretch for the Blue Devils, with Krzyzewski saying he told Duval that "we’re not going to call a play. Just go. And he went."
Duval hit a twisting layup that tied it at 93 with about three minutes left, then he found an uncovered Carter underneath a possession later for the go-ahead dunk. Carter — playing with four fouls — then drew a charge on Trent Forrest on FSU’s next trip downcourt, and Duval made another acrobatic drive two possessions later to make it 97-93.
"I was just in the moment where I saw him driving at me, and during the scouting report, I knew he wasn’t going to stop on a dime or dish it over," Carter said. "So I just stepped over and hoped the referee was on my side."
FSU received no favors from the ACC’s schedule-maker. It could open league play with three straight losses yet still have a strong case for to be ranked because its first three league opponents are Duke, No. 13 North Carolina and No. 15 Miami.