TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Alexander Johnson wasn't around for the
finish of Florida State's one-point overtime loss to Duke earlier
On Wednesday night, most of the Duke players weren't near the
court when the Seminoles beat the top-ranked Blue Devils 79-74.
Florida State fans prematurely stormed the court with 1.7
seconds left to play, but that only delayed the final buzzer that
signaled the Seminoles' second win over No. 1 Duke in three years.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzweski had his team -- except the five in the
game -- taken to the locker room before Al Thornton took the final
free throws although 1.7 seconds remained on the clock. He said he
feared for his players safety.
"I would think that security is not ready for that type of
thing," Krzyzewski said. "We weren't going to win the basketball
game, the game was basically over, so why put those kids in harm's
He said that saying anything more about it would be
"It's an unfortunate situation and let the powers to be handle
it ... in front of everybody, though, not behind closed doors," he
Johnson, who broke the game's final tie on Wednesday, said he
wasn't thinking about what happened when Florida State (18-8, 8-7)
played at Duke on Feb. 4. In that game he was sent to the bench
with his fifth foul, a technical, in the second half.
The ACC later determined the technical against Johnson, called
after he was bumped by Williams, who also got a technical, was a
mistake and suspended the three-man officiating crew for one game.
"I just played ball because I didn't want to think about
that," Alexander said. "I kind of let that stay in the past,
never looked back at it."
His basket, over Williams, with 1:06 left gave the Seminoles a
Johnson said he was afraid that if he did dwell on the last
game, he would have gotten too physical.
"I would have got some cheap fouls trying to aggressive against
Shelden Williams so I kind of relaxed and let my game come to me,"
said Johnson, who finished with 22 points.
It was Williams who was in foul trouble Wednesday night. He
fouled out with 27 seconds left to send Johnson to the line where
he made two free throws to put the Seminoles up 76-72.
Fans came onto the floor with Florida State ahead 77-72. The
floor was cleared and Duke was awarded two free throws on a
technical foul against Florida State for its fans interfering with play.
Redick made the foul shots to make it a three-point game, but
Thornton, who was fouled as the premature celebration began, made
two free throws for the final margin.
The loss ended the run at an unbeaten ACC season for Duke (27-2,
14-1), which finishes the regular season Saturday night at home
against North Carolina.
Thornton had 26 points for Florida State, which beat top-ranked
Duke 77-76 on Jan. 6, 2003, also in Tallahassee.
Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said Duke brings the kind
of excitement that causes fans to rush the court after a victory.
"This is uncharted waters for us," Hamilton said. "I'm sure
that in the future we'll try to win games by a little larger
The score was tied five times and there were four lead changes.
Duke took its first lead in the second half at 43-42 on a dunk by
Williams and built the lead to seven points.
Duke went on an 11-5 run at the end of the first half to cut its
deficit to 36-33. Redick accounted for eight points in the run with
his first two 3-pointers of the game and two free throws.
E.J. Montgomery has been a recruiting priority since Bruce Pearl took over at Auburn.
Greenville, S.C., wants to capitalize on its border state's controversy by bidding for the 2017 first and second round of the men's tournament that was pulled by the NCAA from Greensboro, N.C.
Duke is at the top. North Carolina, Virginia, Louisville and Syracuse will be close behind. The ACC is always king in college basketball, but this year's league could be deeper than ever.