Wednesday, March 4, 2009

DUKE SENIORS LEAVE HANSBROUGH INDOOR STADIUM WITH A HARD FOUGHT WIN

No. 7 DUKE 84, No. 24 FLORIDA STATE 81 – Gerald “Elbows” Henderson scored nine of his 21 points in the final two minutes to help knock off the underrated Seminoles.

Kyle Singler scored 20 points, Jon Scheyer added 17 and Henderson had 10 rebounds for the Blue Devils (25-5, 11-4 ACC).

They won their fifth straight, matched the NCAA record for most wins in a decade with 286 and moved a half-game behind No. 2 North Carolina in the league standings.

Toney Douglas scored 27 points for the Seminoles (22-8, 9-6), and his 3-pointer from the right wing gave Florida State a 76-74 lead with 2:25 remaining.

That's when Henderson took over. He countered with a 3 from the right corner with 1:39 remaining to put Duke up 77-76. After the Blue Devils forced a stop on Douglas, he knocked down two free throws to make it a three-point game with 57.3 seconds left.

Douglas had two defenders in his face as he missed a 3 with about 45 seconds remaining, and the rebound made its way to Henderson — who hustled downcourt, sidestepped one defender and drew contact from Solomon Alabi as he hit a layup. Game over.

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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