TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Ticker) -- A packed house at the Donald L. Tucker Center was hoping for a second big upset over a top-five team. J.J. Redick dashed the hopes and quieted the crowd with the best outside shooting of his career.
Redick scored 19 of his season-high 31 points in the first half and made a career-high eight 3-pointers as No. 4 Duke remained unbeaten in an 88-56 laugher over Florida State in an Atlantic Coast Conference matchup.
"I always feel I have the hot hand - like the next one is going in," Redick said. "Today was a little bit different because I got it going early midway through the first half. If I worked hard enough for my looks, I knew I'd knock some shots down."
Florida State beat No. 3 Wake Forest, 91-83, in overtime on Tuesday and were hoping for another shocker in this one.
But back-to-back 3-pointers by Redick gave the Blue Devils an 18-8 lead eight minutes in and, after Florida State pulled within 34-23 with 2:25 to play, Redick struck again. He keyed a 12-3 run with two more 3-pointers, including one at the buzzer that quieted the crowd of 12,100, as Duke took a 44-26 lead into the locker room.
Redick, who finished 9-of-18 from the field, had a four-point play from the left corner with 14:09 to play to give Duke a 55-33 lead. He missed just three attempts from the arc. With five free throws, the ACC's leading scorer has made 23 straight in his last four games.
"It was a tough game," Redick said. "Florida State always plays tough here. It's the best we've played here in four or five years."
The Blue Devils' (15-0, 5-0 ACC) defense played their part, holding the Seminoles (10-9, 2-4) to 33 percent (19-of-57) shooting.
"We've been a blue-collar team all year," Redick said. "Sean Dockery was all over the place today. He made a lot of hustle plays. As long as we keep doing that we're going to be competitive in every game we play."
Daniel Ewing had 14 points and five assists, and Shelden Williams scored 11 and 13 rebounds for Duke, which shot 55 percent (31-of-56).
Isaiah Swann scored 13 points and Von Wafer, who had a career-high 30 against the Demon Deacons, added 10 on 2-of-9 shooting. Al Thornton, who also had career highs of 26 points and 10 rebounds against Wake Forest, was limited to two points and one rebound.