J.J. Redick realized he was part of something special while the game was still going on. From 26 ties and 17 lead changes to amazing individual performances to an extra five minutes, this had a little bit of everything.
To the surprise of no one, No. 2 Duke came out on top.
''It's always exciting to play in a game like that," Redick said of the Blue Devils' 97-96 victory over Florida State yesterday in Durham, N.C. ''It's even more exciting to come away with a win."
He and teammate Shelden Williams had a lot to do with that.
Redick made a go-ahead 3-pointer and scored 8 of his 36 points in overtime, while Williams added 27 points and 13 rebounds for Duke.
It was the 11th double-double of the season for Williams, including five in the past six games. He also made two clinching free throws in the final seconds for the Blue Devils (21-1, 9-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).
''They were a very hungry team," Williams said. ''A team like that, playing like that -- I hope they play like that for the rest of the season."
Todd Galloway made a running 3-pointer just before the final buzzer for the Seminoles (13-6, 4-5). They led, 91-89, with about two minutes remaining in overtime following a jumper by Al Thornton, who tied his career high with 37 points.
Redick scored in the lane to tie it, and after Isaiah Swann missed on the other end, Duke gave the ball to Redick. His effort from beyond the arc in the corner swished through to make it 94-91, and he later made one of two free throws to increase the margin to 4.
Galloway scored on a drive to make it a 2-point game, and Williams clanged two free throws off the rim to give Florida State a chance. But Galloway's drive to the basket was thwarted by Williams, and despite replays that clearly showed the ball going out of bounds off Williams, the Blue Devils were given possession.
It was the second consecutive game that Williams stopped a drive in the final seconds. He did the same in a 2-point victory over No. 15 Boston College last Wednesday.
''I was squared up with him and he kind of jumped with me," Galloway said. ''I thought he got my elbow, then I thought the ball went off him."
No such luck for Florida State. This time, Williams made both at the line when he was fouled, and the victory was finally secure.
Jason Rich had 20 points and Thornton added 15 rebounds for the Seminoles, who fell to 0-15 in road games against Duke. Their five ACC losses have been by a total of 17 points.
N. Carolina 76, Clemson 61 -- Reyshawn Terry had his first career double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds, helping the Tar Heels match an NCAA record with their 52d straight home win in the series.
Bobby Frasor added 16 points for North Carolina (14-5, 5-3), which has never lost to the Tigers (14-8, 3-6) in Chapel Hill. The streak ties Princeton's 52-game run against Brown from 1929-2002 as the longest home win streak against a single opponent.
Virginia 75, Wake Forest 73 -- At Charlottesville, Va., J.R. Reynolds made a jumper from the baseline with 3.8 seconds to play, lifting the Cavaliers (11-8, 5-4) over the Demon Deacons (12-10, 1-8).
Miami 70, Georgia Tech 53 -- Guillermo Diaz had 19 points and the Hurricanes (14-8, 6-3) used a balanced scoring attack in Atlanta to give the Yellow Jackets (9-11, 2-7) their first seven-game losing streak in nine years.