Cam Reddish’s go-ahead three with 0.8 seconds left sealed the 80-78 win for the Blue Devils in a thriller in Tallahassee. It was neck-and-neck essentially through the whole game, especially in a testy final minute. It was definitely a defining game for the Blue Devils, as adversity came in the form of an eye poke. No kidding.
RJ Barrett shone in this game, going off for 32 points on 10-19 shooting. Cam Reddish followed with 23, 20 of which came from behind the arc including the shot that finished the game. FSU’s Phil Cofer had his best performance since a foot injury kept him out the first 10 games, scoring 21 while snagging 7 rebounds.
Zion Williamson’s absence was one of the most major factors of the game. An eye scratch late in the first half kept Zion out throughout the entire game and will be something to watch. Zion spent a full Seminole possession on the ground, rolling and kicking whilst clutching his face in pain before being looked at by a trainer and eventually taken to the locker room. Despite returning to the bench for the second half, he would not play again.
The final play was set up knowing that RJ Barrett would probably be unavailable. “We set it up so if R.J. came up and wasn’t open, Cam was coming off as well. He had a great look and was able to execute,” said PG Tre Jones. Reddish did, in fact, have a wide open look as Barrett drew in the defense, in sharp contrast to the criticized decisions made by RJ in a similar final-second play against Gonzaga. The shot is huge for Cam Reddish, for whom we’ve been waiting to break out. On such a star-studded team, he’s been pretty overlooked and has been cold from three. It’s really great to see him shine, especially in Zion’s absence when we needed it most.
Bleed blue. Duke gets a quick turnaround (again) this weekend as they end their road trip and come on home to take on the Syracuse Orange.