DURHAM, N.C. – Talented freshman Marvin Bagley III scored 32 points and grabbed a season-best 21 rebounds, and No. 4 Duke pulled away late to beat No. 24 Florida State 100-93 on Saturday.
Trailing 93-91 with 3:30 left to play, the Blue Devils (13-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) scored nine straight points to seal the win.
Bagley III shot 13 of 17 from the floor, as the home side shot 47 percent as a team on 39 of 83.
Senior Grayson Allen had 22 points and six assists, while another standout freshman, Wendell Carter Jr. added 14 points and a season-high 16 rebounds for Duke.
Meanwhile, after a slow start, freshman point guard Trevon Duval shot 5 of 10 in the second half to score 11 of his 16 points and classmate Gary Trent Jr. finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and three steals for the Blues Devils to win a back-and-forth game that had 14 lead changes and seven ties.
“We couldn’t stop each other and the will to score and will to win was evident every second from both teams,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said.
“For us to win that game is sensational for our group.”
Phil Cofer had a career-high 28 points and made six 3-points, while Braian Angola also had a career night after scoring 23 points for Florida State.
Angola grabbed eight rebounds and Cofer finished with six in the defeat.
Mfiondu Kabengele and M.J. Walker each scored 10 points for the Seminoles (11-2, 0-1), who shot 45 percent, hit 15 3-pointers, but were totally outrebounded by Duke, 53-35.
“I thought our kids were connected. We just didn’t have an answer for keeping Bagley and Carter off the glass,” Noles coach Leonard Hamilton said.
“They are such good athletes and have such great hands and timing and strength.
“… That made the difference in the game. When you have two guys like that, they make up for misses.”
Bagley III and Duke who is expected to move up in the rankings in the next edition, following first-time season defeats No. 1 Villanova and Arizona State on Saturday, will next face North Carolina State on the road on Jan. 6.
Florida State returns to action on Wednesday night when it hosts defending national champion and No. 13 North Carolina.