FSU assistant: Effort by Duke's Allen not a dirty play

Florida State’s Trent Forrest (3) is surrounded by Duke defenders Grayson Allen, left, and Jayson Tatum during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 in Tallahassee, Fla. (Joe Rondone/Tallahassee Democrat via AP)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida State assistant coach who was knocked over the Seminoles’ bench following a collision with Grayson Allen says he’s certain there was no malice in the Duke guard’s efforts.

Assistant Dennis Gates posted on Twitter Wednesday that “I know what a dirty play is and I was not the victim of one.”

With about 6 minutes remaining in the ninth-ranked Seminoles’ 88-72 victory over No. 7 Duke on Tuesday night, in Allen’s first road game since returning from a one-game suspension for tripping an opponent he leaped into the Florida State bench while chasing a rebound and his right hand made contact with Gates, who tumbled onto his back.

Gates says Allen made “a great hustle play” and that he “did not in any way feel attacked (or) disrespected” by Allen.