FSU stuns No. 4 Duke at buzzer
Snaer’s shot ends Blue Devils’ 45-game home winning streak
DURHAM, N.C. -- Michael Snaer hit a 3-pointer as time expired and Florida State beat No. 4 Duke 76-73 on Saturday, snapping Duke's 45-game homecourt winning streak.
With the game tied, Luke Loucks sprinted up the middle of the court before zipping a pass over to Snaer on the right side in front of the FSU bench. Snaer quickly launched a shot that dropped cleanly through the net, stunning the once-rowdy crowd at Cameron Indoor Stadium and sending the Seminoles' bench spilling onto the court in celebration.
Snaer scored 14 points - including a banked-in 3 to beat the buzzer on the final play of the first half - and the Seminoles (13-6, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their fourth consecutive game.
Austin Rivers had 19 points and tied the game on a driving basket with 4.9 seconds left for the Blue Devils (16-3, 4-1).
Duke led by nine in the first half and by eight midway through the second half, but the Seminoles just wouldn't let the Blue Devils pull away to tie a school and ACC record for the longest home winning streak. Instead, they kept attacking and knocking down tough shots in one of college basketball's most hostile environments.
In fact, Snaer knocked down a pair of clutch shots in the final minute. On the first, he drove into the paint and knocked down a pull-up in the paint for a 71-70 lead with 55.8 seconds left. He followed that with an even bigger one, then found himself at the center of a celebration that migrated all the way across the court to stand in front of a stunned group of Cameron Crazies.
Duke had won 46 consecutive games at home from 1997-2000, and most of the past 45 wins in a row had come by double-digit margins. But Florida State shot 54 percent and knocked down 7 of 14 3-pointers, following last weekend's 33-point home romp against preseason No. 1 North Carolina with another impressive performance.
Xavier Gibson scored 16 points to lead Florida State, while Bernard James had 12 points and eight rebounds.
Duke overcame its own 40-percent shooting by knocking down 10 3-pointers. The Blue Devils also dominated the offensive boards and outscored Florida State 20-6 on second-chance points, but they just couldn't come up with a final stop to force overtime.