Seminoles knock off No. 1 Duke

Poor foul shooting snaps Blue Devils' unbeaten string at 22 games

Posted: Monday, January 07, 2002

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- That Florida State was the first team to beat Duke this season was a big surprise. That the top-ranked Blue Devils did themselves in with poor free throw shooting was a shock.

Monte Cummings scored with 7.4 seconds left as the Seminoles rallied from a four-point deficit in the final minute to beat Duke 77-76 Sunday, snapping the defending national champion's 22-game winning streak and leaving Division I without an unbeaten team.

''It took every bit of the 40 minutes to get the win,'' said Florida State coach Steve Robinson, whose team had a 13-point lead with 8 1/2 minutes to play. ''Once we got behind I told them we've just got to make some shots.''

Duke (12-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) missed a chance for the win when Mike Dunleavy's tip of a miss by Jason Williams rimmed out at the buzzer. But the Blue Devils had hurt themselves with the uncharacteristically poor free throw shooting, going 2-for-8 over the final 1:30 and only 7-for-19 in the game.

Williams entered the game shooting 69.1 percent from the line and Duke was shooting 69.3 percent as a team.

Florida State, which had pulled within 76-75 on Antwuan Dixon's 3-pointer with 28 seconds left, went to Cummings -- a 25-year-old Army veteran -- for its final play.

''I was knocking them down in the second half, so I felt good about it,'' said the 6-foot-4 Cummings, who got past Williams when he tried to draw a charge, then went baseline to the basket. ''Somehow Jason got tangled up and it helped me get by him.''

The win was the first in 12 games against a top-ranked team for Florida State (8-5, 1-1), which held the lead throughout most of the second half.

''You always have in the back of your mind, 'They're going to come back, they're going to come back,''' Florida State guard Delvon Arrington said. ''We were on our heels, but we weren't flatfooted.''

Williams, who was 8-of-12 from 3-point range and led all scorers with 26 points, missed six straight free throws in the final 5:40, including four over the final 1:24. The last two were with 20 seconds left and could have given the Blue Devils a three-point lead.

''I promise you the next time I'm in that situation I will make them,'' Williams said. ''Some of those things happen.''

No. 14 UCLA 81, Washington St. 69

LOS ANGELES -- Billy Knight had career highs of 32 points and six 3-pointers and the Bruins pulled away over the final seven minutes for their ninth consecutive victory.

The Bruins (11-2) completed a four-game sweep of the Washington schools to start Pac-10 play with a 4-0 mark.

Washington State (4-8, 0-4) lost its sixth straight game overall and 18th in a row to UCLA.

No. 15 Arizona 93, Oregon St. 87

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Jason Gardner had 23 of his career-high 34 points in the second half as Arizona rallied from a 19-point deficit early in the second half.

The Wildcats (9-4, 2-2 Pac-10) fought back from a 55-38 halftime deficit with a harassing full-court press.

Gardner, who also had six assists, scored 14 of Arizona's final 16 points, including two free throws with 11 seconds to play.

California 68, No. 12 Stanford 54

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Ryan Forehan-Kelly scored 13 of his 19 points over the final five minutes and California ended its 10-game losing streak to Stanford.

Amit Tamar added 10 points for the Bears (10-2, 1-1 Pac-10), who won their 10th straight home game.

Casey Jacobsen scored 20 points to lead Stanford (8-3, 1-1), which hadn't lost to the Bears in nearly five years and never before at the 3-year-old Haas Pavilion.

Cal's victory was the first against Stanford for every member of the current team. The last win came on Jan. 29, 1997.

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