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Updated: Friday, January 30, 2004 1:32 AM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(1) Duke 56, Florida St 49

DURHAM, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Chris Duhon and Duke had to sweat it out before extending their home streak against Florida State.

Duhon nailed a big 3-pointer with 36 seconds left as the top-ranked Blue Devils extended their winning streak to 14 games with a 56-49 victory over the Seminoles.

Florida State (14-6, 3-4 ACC) was seeking its first three-game winning streak in the Atlantic Coast Conference in more than nine years but entered with an 0-13 mark at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Seminoles rallied from a 15-point deficit, pulling within 51-49 on freshman Von Wafer's 3-pointer with 63 seconds left.

Duke (17-1, 6-0 ACC) called a timeout with 41 seconds to go and Duhon took the inbounds pass. The senior guard used a pick from Shelden Williams to dribble to the left corner, where he drilled a long jumper over Nate Johnson for a five-point lead.

"Our captain hit the biggest shot of the year so far," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "How appropriate for Duhon to hit that shot, as well as he's played."

Duhon, who scored 11 points, has been criticized for not taking big shots. But he seized the perfect chance to silence those critics.

"This is my team," Duhon said. "This is my senior year and I just wanted to take the big shot."

Blue Devils guard Sean Dockery came up with steals on the Seminoles' next two possessions before J.J. Redick made a pair of foul shots for the final margin.

Duke stretched the nation's second-longest home winning streak to 37 games. Pittsburgh has a 38-game home run.

"Chris Duhon makes a great play there coming out of the timeout," Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. "That's why they are ranked No. 1 in the country. They do a lot of quality things and they ought to be complimented because they execute very well."

Redick scored 15 of his 24 points in the first half, nearly matching Florida State's total as Duke built a 34-22 lead at intermission. The Blue Devils extended to a 49-34 cushion on Redick's 3-pointer with 9:28 left.

Florida State, which shot a season-low 29.5 percent (18-of-61), finally found its stroke down the stretch. It was too late, however, as Tim Pickett was the only Seminole in double figures with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

"This is a heckuva win for our basketball team," Krzyzewski said. "When the crowd is going and we're up by 20 and cheering J.J.'s threes and all that, everyone thinks those are the best ones. These are the ones that make great years if you can win them, and our kids won, obviously, with little help from me."

Both teams turned in their lowest point totals of the season. The two best 3-point shooting teams in the ACC combined to make just 13-of-27 attempts.


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