From the moment the Duke set foot on the floor, it was clear the Blue Devils were on a mission to send Florida State a message in its own house after the Seminoles did the same in Cameron Indoor last spring. The Blue Devils poured it on the Seminoles from start to finish, shooting their way to a 79 to 60 victory over FSU.
Aaron Thomas tried to provide an offensive spark for FSU, but it wasn't enough to overcome Duke's blistering shooting percentage.
“We had a very difficult time disrupting Duke’s rhythm on the defensive end,” FSU head coach Leonard Hamilton said.
To say the Blue Devils were hot on the afternoon would be an understatement. They were on fire, at times seemingly not being able to miss.
Duke would end up with a stunning 60.8 field goal percentage, having knocked down 31 of its 51 shots, including 11-of-18 from downtown.
“You got to give Duke credit.,” Hamilton said. “They came in and made shots. My goodness, at one point it seemed like they were raining threes.”
Seth Curry led the Blue Devils’ charge, sinking seven of his 11 shots, including 5-of-7 from beyond the arch. The senior finished with a game-high 21 points.
FSU, on the other hand, struggled to get things going offensively for the entirety of Saturday’s contest. The Seminoles ended up shooting just 41.8 percent from the floor, including just three shots from beyond the arch made on the day out of 13 attempts.
If there were any bright spots for the Seminoles, it was true freshman Aaron Thomas. Thomas ended the day with a team-high 14 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field.
"We didn't come out as a team with the energy that we were supposed to," Thomas said after the game. "So I thought I would raise my energy up and step up and do what I can, but as a team we didn't execute."
There were moments when FSU looked to be making a run at chipping away at the enormous gap displayed on the scoreboard, but those moments were all short-lived, as the Blue Devils repeatedly drained long jumpers to smother any ounce of hope the Seminoles may have mustered up.
"It was very frustrating," Thomas said. "We didn't play [defense]. We just didn't come out with the tough energy that we were supposed to, but this happens -- now we have to move forward. We can't get the game back."
FSU now stands at 4-4 in the conference and the Seminoles will be looking to rebound on Tuesday night, as they travel to Atlanta for a matchup with the Yellow Jackets at 9 p.m.