The Daily Sauce — Jan. 19, 2022: FSU Hoops Edges No. 6 Duke in OT, 79-78
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The Daily Sauce — Jan. 19, 2022: FSU Hoops Edges No. 6 Duke in OT, 79-78

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Lead Story

Florida State basketball kept the ACC’s longest active winning streak alive on Tuesday night with a thrilling 79-78 overtime victory over sixth-ranked Duke.

The Seminoles led by as many as nine in the second half, but Duke used an 8-0 run to grab a late lead. Mark Williams’ slam gave the Blue Devils a 67-65 lead with 31 seconds left, but RayQuans Evans answered with a driving scoop shot that went high off the glass and in with 1.4 seconds left to force overtime.

In overtime, the lead changed hands eight times, including four over the final 65 seconds. After Duke’s Paolo Banchero knocked down two free throws to give the Blue Devils a 78-77 lead, Evans responded with two for FSU on the other end with 12 seconds left. It was the second time in as many home games that Evans’ late free throws put Florida State ahead for good.

FSU’s John Butler blocked Wendell Moore Jr.’s go-ahead attempt on the final possession. Moore inadvertently kicked the ball into the backcourt following the block, which allowed time to expire.

With the victory, FSU has now won 13 straight overtime games — the longest streak in NCAA history. The Seminoles shot just 36% from the field and just 7-for-25 from deep, but committed 10 fewer turnovers than Duke and held a 5-rebound advantage.

Despite a tough shooting night, Caleb Mills led the way for FSU with 18 points, including eight in overtime. Butler added 14 in the victory.

Banchero paced Duke with game-highs of 20 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. Williams and Moore added 15 and 13 points, respectively, in the loss.

With its fourth straight win, FSU improved to 11-5 overall and 5-2 in ACC play. The Seminoles will have a short turnaround as they host North Florida in a makeup game on Thursday afternoon.

Between the Lines for Jan. 18, 2022

Women’s basketball: FSU 79, Clemson 68

Men’s basketball: (6) Duke 78, FSU 79

On the Agenda for Jan. 19, 2022

No athletic events scheduled.

Rolling News and Notes

FSU baseball will begin ranked No. 11 in the D1Baseball Poll.

FSU track and field’s Don’drea Swint and Edidiong Odiong were each named ACC Indoor Track Performers of the Week.

Florida State football has landed Oregon running back transfer Trey Benson. He becomes the ninth transfer to commit to FSU this offseason.

With Tuesday’s win, FSU head basketball coach Leonard Hamilton now has 55 wins over ranked opponents while leading an unranked team. That’s the most during the AP Poll era.

Mike Ferguson is the lead writer for Double Fries No Slaw. Be sure to follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeWFerguson. Follow all of Mike’s work by liking his Facebook page.

Mike Ferguson

Mike Ferguson is the lead writer for Double Fries No Slaw and has more than 10 years of experience in online and print journalism. Mike graduated from Florida State University in 2009 and has had his work featured at numerous prominent publications such as Fox Sports, the Associated Press, Athlon Sports, Yahoo Sports and Sports Illustrated among others. Prior to joining Double Fries No Slaw, Mike was the founder and editor of The Daily Nole. He also serves as the managing editor for Fifth Quarter and is a contributor for Athlon Sports, Fish Stripes and Orlando Pinstriped Post. Mike and his wife Jennifer reside in Haines City, Fla. and have two daughters.

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