Reserve Andre Dawkins scored 22 points and freshman Austin Rivers added 20 to lead No. 5 Duke to a 74-66 victory at No. 15 Florida State on Thursday night.
The win kept the Blue Devils (24-4, 11-2) tied with No. 7 North Carolina for first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference while Florida State (19-8, 10-3) dropped a game behind.
"We think we beat a really good basketball team tonight," Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "They still have a chance to win the regular season or the tournament in Atlanta. They have a chance to win. We do too."
Dawkins scored 18 points over the last 11:23 of the first half, going 5-for-7 from three-point range as Duke took a 39-32 lead. The Blue Devils took the lead for keeps at 17-15 on a layup by Rivers with 10:44 remaining in the half.
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Ryan Kelly added 13 points and Miles Plumlee had 10 for Duke, which shot 42.3 percent from the field, including 13-for-28 from long range.
"We allowed them to do what they do best and knock down threes," Florida State Coach Leonard Hamilton said. "It was very difficult for us to get over the hump."
Michael Snaer had 18 points for the Seminoles, while Bernard James added 13 points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots. Snaer, whose first of two buzzer-beating game-winning three-pointers this season ended Duke's 45-game home winning streak 33 days ago, sat out the last 9:49 of the first half after drawing his second personal foul.
The Seminoles, who have never won an ACC title, beat Duke and North Carolina last month. But they never got a shot at any last-second heroics Thursday although they got within three points twice, the last at 61-58 with 4:17 left on a three-point play by James.
No. 14 Murray St. 80, Tennessee St. 62: Isaiah Canaan scored 16 of his 24 points in the first half, and Murray State routed host Tennessee State, avenging the Racers' lone loss this season. The Racers (27-1, 14-1 Ohio Valley Conference) blew a 13-point lead in losing 72-68 on Feb. 9. They used a 14-0 run over the final 2:31 of the first half Thursday with four Racers each hitting a three-pointer to blow open a tight game. Tennessee State (19-11, 11-5) had a nine-game winning streak snapped.
Bellarmine 86, Northern Kentucky 75: Luke Sprague scored 28 points, Jeremy Kendle had 20 and Bellarmine won at NKU in a matchup of top-10 Division II teams. No. 2 Bellarmine (24-2, 16-2 Great Lakes Valley) shot 59.2 percent, but No. 8 NKU (21-5, 13-5) kept it close in the second half by shooting 7-for-10 on three-pointers. Jon Van Hoose and DeAndre Nealy each scored 19 points for NKU.
Thomas More 75, Saint Vincent 70: Junior forward Phil Feinberg tied his career high with 25 points, and third-seeded Thomas More (20-7) advanced to the Presidents' Athletic Conference Tournament finals. The Saints will play at top-seeded Bethany College on Saturday in the championship game.
Morehead State 75, Eastern Illinois 39: Marsell Holden had 17 points, and host Morehead State (16-14, 9-6 OVC) routed Eastern Illinois (12-16, 5-10). The victory was senior Terrance Hill's 85th in four seasons at Morehead, a school record for an Eagles player.
Northern Kentucky 74, Bellarmine 53: Kelsey Simpson had 18 points, Casse Mogan 16 and Sadie Bowling 15 to lead host NKU (21-5, 14-4 GLVC) over Bellarmine (13-13, 7-11). Allison Matheis scored 19 for Bellarmine. NKU's four seniors combined to score 47 points.
Southern Illinois-Edwardsville 66, Eastern Kentucky 55: EKU committed 24 turnovers in a loss to visiting Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. The Cougars turned those turnovers into 24 points. The loss, coupled with a victory by Murray State, means EKU must beat Eastern Illinois on Saturday and the Racers must lose at Tennessee Tech in order for the Lady Colonels to earn the No. 4 seed and a first-round bye in next week's OVC Tournament. Marie Carpenter led EKU (12-14, 7-8) with 20 points.
Morehead State 59, Eastern Illinois 57: Freshman Almesha Jones drove for a go-ahead layup with 53 seconds left, and host Morehead (10-17, 7-8 OVC) knocked off Eastern Illinois (21-7, 12-3). Ashar Harris led Morehead with 14 points and a game-high nine rebounds.