Florida State coach defends Duke's Grayson Allen after alleged sideline shove

The men's basketball game against Duke on Tuesday night showed everybody on national television how exceptionally powerful the support of the fans can be.

Just before incurring the injury, Allen courted more controversy by falling into the Florida State bench and appearing to shove Dennis Gates, an Seminole assistant coach.

Allen, who scored just nine points, suffered a blow to the head battling for a loose ball with 5:36 remaining and did not return. Xavier Rathan-Mayes, who Allen tripped last season spoke on his rematch with him that saw him score 18 second-half points against Allen. Playing their first game as a top-10 ranked team in 24 years, the 'Noles impressively glided into their school-record 12th straight win. He had 11 points, five rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, and two steals on the night. One of those incidents was previous year against FSU guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes, and Seminole fans unleashed a torrent of verbal abuse on Allen during Tuesday's game.

Earlier this college basketball season, the Duke guard was suspended "indefinitely" by Mike Krzyzewski after he intentionally tripped an Elon player during a game.

"We teach kids to run down loose balls and make hustle plays", Gates said.

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"This one was personal to me". And if he feels that way, then perhaps we can all collectively move on and accept this was just a weird-looking incident at full speed as a player was going out of bounds. But Allen has no built-in equity otherwise, and the Duke haters will surely be coming out again calling for some discipline from the ACC.

"Ever since he did that I've been waiting a long time to see him again", Rathan-Mayes said. "The kid has been through a lot - he brought a lot of it on himself, but some of the things that have happened are just insane". Allen was diving for a ball near the Florida State bench.

"I am not talking about the chanting; that stuff happens on the road with a really good crowd, and they had a really great crowd tonight".

Duke [14-3] travels for its next game at noon Saturday, Jan. 14 against Louisville at the KFC Yum!

  • Regina Holmes