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Duke out-muscles FSU in second half to win ACC championship

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FSU guard David Nichols tries to take the ball from Duke star Zion Williamson.
FSU guard David Nichols tries to take the ball from Duke star Zion Williamson. (Associated Press)

Box Score: Duke 73, FSU 63

For 20 minutes Saturday night, the No. 12 Florida State men's basketball team gave No. 5 Duke everything it wanted.

The Blue Devils took their game to another level in the early minutes of the second half, however, and ended up holding on for a 73-63 victory in the championship game of the ACC Tournament.

Florida State (27-7) was gunning for its second ACC title in school history. Duke (29-5) claimed its 21st.

With a 22-8 run to start the second half, the Blue Devils extended their lead to 14 points midway through the second half, and the Seminoles never got closer than five.

Duke was led by star forward Zion Williamson (21 points), Tre Jones (18) and RJ Barrett (17).

FSU was led by sophomore forward Mfiondu Kabengele with 14 points and Terance Mann with 12.

On Sunday evening, the Seminoles will find out where and when they'll be playing in the NCAA Tournament. They are expected to be a No. 3 or No. 4 seed.

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