Duke 72, Florida St. 56

DURHAM, N.C., March 6 (UPI) -- Freshman Shelden Williams recorded his sixth double-double in the first half and finished with 12 points and a season-high 17 rebounds and Dahntay Jones scored 14 points Thursday night as Duke beat Florida State, 72-56.

On Senior Night, Williams was hot from the outset as the Blue Devils (21-5, 11-4 ACC) used 13-2 and 13-0 runs in the opening 14 minutes to build a 28-7 advantage. He ended the first half with 11 points and 11 rebounds.


"I'm just out there doing what my team needs me to do -- go out there, playing hard on defense, helping out when somebody gets beat, and trying to go out there and rebound," Williams said.

Jones, who along with fellow seniors Casey Sanders and Andre Buckner was playing his final home game, hit four of eight from the field and all five attempts at the foul line.

"You've gotten to know them longer," said Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski. "They're more a part of you, and I believe a kid doesn't become completely a part of you until his senior year. In his senior year, the end is coming. You're closer to becoming a man, you have leadership and more responsibilities."


The win extended Duke's home winning streak to 28 games and put it in line for a share of the ACC title. The Blue Devils will clinch with a win over North Carolina on Sunday and a Wake Forest loss to North Carolina State on Saturday.

Daniel Ewing netted 12 points and freshman Shavlik Randolph added nine as Duke easily avenged a 75-70 loss at Florida State on Feb. 2.

Mike Mathews scored all of his career-high 18 points in the second half for the Seminoles (13-13, 4-11), who ended the regular season with their 16th consecutive conference road loss.

"It was obvious from the outset of the game that we weren't prepared, especially mentally and emotionally," said Seminoles Coach Leonard Hamilton. "Duke's pressure caused us to make poor decisions. We turned the ball over and became impatient."

Anthony Richardson netted 15 points and Tim Pickett 11 for Florida State, which shot 41 percent (22-of-54).

The big difference was at the foul line, where the Blue Devils made 24-of-28 and the Seminoles were 8-of-15.

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