For the first time in four years, Duke left the ACC tournament with a loss.
Even so, coach Mike Krzyzewski called his players winners.
Duke overcame a 10-point second-half deficit before falling to Florida State 62-59 in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament on Saturday.
''This tournament means a lot to us,'' Krzyzewski said. ''It hurts to lose. But we lost right. You can lose wrong; we lost right.''
The No. 17 Seminoles ended a run of three straight ACC tournament championships for No. 6 Duke (27-6), which had won 10 of the last 13 titles.
Florida State, the No. 3 seed, advanced to only the second ACC tournament championship game in the program's history. The Seminoles will face fourth-ranked and top-seeded North Carolina on Sunday.
Michael Snaer led Florida State with 16 points, including a 3-pointer with 3:27 remaining that gave the Seminoles the lead for good.
''I thought we grew up a little bit in that stretch when the game was in doubt,'' said Flori...