Cummings, FSU Shock No. 1 Duke in 2002


These days, it’s almost expected for Florida State to upset at least one highly-ranked team at home each year. In a way, former Seminoles guard Monte Cummings is largely to thank for that.

In January 2002, no one gave Cummings — a then-25-year-old Army veteran — and his teammates a chance against a top-ranked Duke team featuring the likes of Jason Williams, Carlos Boozer and Mike Dunleavy, Jr. Yet with 7.4 seconds left, Cummings drove past Williams and Boozer and over Dunleavy for a layup that gave FSU a shocking, 77–76 win.

After graduation, Cummings spent eight years (2002–2010) playing professionally in Finland. Now 36, he still lives there, in Helsinki.

The Seminoles will have upset on their minds again this Saturday when they host the No. 5 Blue Devils. Monte Cummings profile

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