Duke star Zion Williamson poked in left eye, suffers double vision


Though they did lose at the Maui Invitational, the Duke Blue Devils have consistently been the most jaw-dropping team in college basketball this season.

FSU repeatedly threw up alley opp dunks to score and RJ Barrett seemingly kept Duke in the game as Zion Williamson sat out after getting poked in the eye late in the first half.

The Duke superstar was off to a huge day, with 11 points and eight rebounds in the first half, before being forced to leave the game. Two free throws by Mfiondu Kabengele tied it up again, and a poor dribble from Reddish out of bounds gave the ball back to the Seminoles.

Florida State almost pulled off an upset, which would have matched what happened eight years ago.

The ball went out of bounds and as Teddy Valentine tried to look at every possible angle to give the ball back to Florida State, Duke was awarded the ball.

But Williamson's double vision finally cleared post game, increasing the chances he'll be available to play Monday night when Duke plays Syracuse at Cameron Indoor Stadium. He didn't play at all in the second half, in fact.

The officials put 0.8 seconds back on the clock after Reddish's 3-pointer, but unfortunately for Florida State, there was no Christian Lattener sighting this afternoon. This marks the fourth consecutive meeting in the series with each team ranked in the AP Top 25, and the lowest combined ranking (14) in the series since No. 2 Duke defeated No. 13 Florida State, 75-63, in Tallahassee on January 10, 1998.

P.J. Savoy made a pair of free throws with 15.8 seconds left, just seconds after forcing a turnover, to put Florida State ahead 78-76.

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Reddish finished with 23 points.

Phil Cofer, who had missed a majority of the season so far due to injury, made his presence known against the Blue Devils, pouring in 21 points and seven rebounds. "Coach drew it up, and the play was wide open and Cam was able to execute". After that 68-62 win over the Hurricanes, Nichols said his approach to the matchup against Duke will be the same it has been all season. But that's a big loss. "For this game, are you kidding, especially with the athleticism we're facing?" FSU went on a 19-10 run from the end of the first half and into the second without Williamson on the floor, but that will be lost amid the dramatic finish.

Williamson didn't experience any headaches with the double vision, Krzyzewski said.

Duke likely will remain the No. 1 team in the nation.

Without Williamson, the Blue Devils had to rely on other weapons coming out of the locker room.

Top 25 SuccessDuke is 3-1 versus ranked opponents this season - each has been ranked 12th or better, including a 69-58 win over then No. 12 Texas Tech at Madison Square Garden on December 20...

Duke will continue its ACC campaign back at home against Syracuse Monday.