CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Zion Williamson proved he is again and wholesome with a dominating three-game present on the Atlantic Coast Convention match. And that has fifth-ranked Duke celebrating yet one more championship in its already-record haul.
Williamson had 21 factors to assist the Blue Devils beat No. 12 Florida State 73-63 on Saturday evening within the championship recreation, giving Duke its 21st match title whereas sending the Blue Devils charging into the NCAA match.
Williamson was named the match’s MVP, turning into solely the sixth freshman to win the award and the primary in a dozen years.
RJ Barrett added 17 factors and 9 rebounds and the Blue Devils (29-5) took management after halftime, incomes Corridor of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski his file 15th ACC match championship.
And level guard Tre Jones had his personal robust outing with 18 factors and 6 assists, all a part of Duke’s closing act that confirmed the Blue Devils — with Williamson wholesome after lacking almost six full video games with a knee sprain — are prepared for what’s forward.
It began with a quarterfinal win towards Syracuse, with Williamson going for 29 factors on 13-for-13 taking pictures in his first recreation again. Then got here a good greater efficiency within the semifinals: the 31 factors, 11 rebounds and final-minute tip-in that finally helped Duke maintain off third-ranked North Carolina in a rivalry traditional.
He did not have to do as a lot this time, with Duke placing 4 gamers in double figures and taking pictures 58 p.c after the break to show a 36-all rating right into a 14-point lead halfway via the half.
Mfiondu Kabengele scored 14 factors for the Seminoles (27-7). They upset No. 2 Virginia in Friday’s semifinals however could not recuperate after falling behind large, getting no nearer than 5 once more.
FSU: The Seminoles had been rolling since a 1-Four ACC begin in January, profitable 14 of 15 video games with the one loss coming at third-ranked North Carolina. They usually managed a lot of the recreation towards the Cavaliers, taking pictures almost 57 p.c to tear via Virginia’s stout protection. However by Saturday, they managed to remain proper with Duke for a half earlier than fading because the Blue Devils made their title-clinching transfer. FSU made simply eight of 32 photographs (25 p.c) after halftime, as Duke’s defensive strain brought on issues, whereas the Seminoles’ protection had bother getting its personal stops as Duke obtained out in transition extra.
Duke: This match was all concerning the 6-foot-7, 285-pound Williamson, whose Feb. 20 knee sprain — which included the picture of his left foot tearing via the aspect of his shoe as he fell to the court docket — had threatened to derail the title potential of a group that has spent a national-best seven weeks at No. 1 within the AP High 25. However Williamson’s return restored that assured edge that reaches all through Duke’s lineup at each ends of the court docket, from his high-flying dunks to his rim-protecting leaps to swat away photographs.
FSU: The Seminoles are headed to the NCAA match, the place they hope for one more deep run like final yr’s push to inside a recreation of the Remaining 4.
Duke: The Blue Devils have claimed the league’s automated bid to the NCAA match, probably because the No. 1 general seed.