Bookert nets 23 for FSU, denied opportunity to beat Duke

February 9, 2015

Devon Bookert BasketballAnchorage’s Devon Bookert was having one of those special nights and Coach K recognized it.

Already with the reputation for hitting bit shots, the Florida State guard’s career-high 23 points were enough to scare Duke into twice fouling him to protect three-point lead in the final seconds as opposed to letting him get off a 3.

The strategy proved effective as No, 4 Duke held on for a 73-70 win in Florida.

Bookert, of West High fame, was 8-for-10 at the foul line before he intentionally missed his last two attempts in the last 10 seconds to try and set up a three-point shot.

“It’s real frustrating because you don’t know when someone’s going to foul,” Bookert told the school’s website. “So you don’t know if you should shoot the ball. You try to time it right to get a shot so you can get the call and get a shooting foul. It’s just a hard situation.”

The 6-foot-3 starting guard made 6-of-8 field goals, including 3-of-4 3-pointers. The playmaker also matched his season high with 6 assists.

Bookert will likely end his career as the greatest 3-point shooter in FSU history, and he’s capable of breaking a team’s heart from deep. Remember what he did against Minnesota in last year’s NIT?

If not, let me remind you: he drained a huge 3 from the top of the key to beat the buzzer and force OT at MSG, the world’s most famous arena.