Trent Forrest and the No. 13 Florida State Seminoles take on No. 1 Duke on Saturday.
Gene Williams Warchant
14 January, 2019, 13:17
Williamson and classmate RJ Barrett are the only pair of teammates nationally each averaging 20 points per game - Barrett leads the ACC and is 15th nationally (22.8), with Williamson second in the ACC and 28th in the NCAA (20.9). After experiencing double vision that did not clear up by the start of the second half, Duke knew it would have to play without him. After an 11-point, 8-rebound first half, Williamson was sidelined for the remainder of the game.
The teams traded timeouts, and Krzyzewski said he changed plays before settling on the final option. Reddish trailed Barrett with 23 points, 15 of which were generated from 3-point range.
Not only that, but juniors Marques Bolden, Javin DeLaurier, and particularly Jack White appeared to suffer from a lack of confidence once it became clear that the Incredible Hulk would not reenter the game (Williamson took a finger to the eye near the end of the first half and never returned because he had double-vision; the latest word is that Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is "hopeful" he will be back in the lineup when the No. 1 Blue Devils host unranked Syracuse on Monday at 9 p.m. on ESPN). Barrett and Reddish "kept us in it", Krzyzewski said.
"They're going to continue to keep getting better as well, that's a scary thought", Hamilton said. From three-point range, seven have shot less than.320. "They rose to the different occasion". He has turned the ball over just 14 times in 14 games this season.
Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton was impressed by how the young Duke team has progressed so quickly in 15 games to handle such a situation. He missed the second, but the Blue Devils retained possession after a review overruled a call on the floor that the ball had gone out of bounds of a Duke player setting up Reddish's shot. Senior Phil Cofer added 21. Prior to his injury, he scored 11 points with eight rebounds and two assists against Florida State. So was Florida State guard Trent Forrest, who said simply, "Somehow, we lost Cam Reddish". Duke and Kansas remain the only programs this season with multiple wins over AP top 10 teams. On almost identical back-to-back plays, fellow freshmen R.J. Barrett and Williamson elevated against Florida State's behemoth, Koumadje.
No. 1 Duke remains on the road to battle No. 13 Florida State Saturday afternoon in Tallahassee in an ACC showdown. "Coach drew it up, and the play was wide open and Cam was able to execute". "For this game, are you kidding, especially with the athleticism we're facing?"