DURHAM — Matthew Hurt had been hurting as he sat for minute after minute on the Duke bench.

In two games last week, he had a total of two points. His playing time plummeted.

“I deserved it,” Hurt said. “I (hadn’t) been playing well the last couple of games.”

So that suddenly changed during a few stretches Monday night against No.8 Florida State.

He made a pair of 3-point shots in the first half. Then in the waning moments, his rebound in traffic helped seal the victory when he made ensuing free throws.

Hurt was 4-for-4 on free throws in the final 11.7 seconds of the 70-65 decision.

Duke guard Tre Jones said that Hurt “played huge for us after a couple of games not being out there.”

The Blue Devils are back in action Saturday against Notre Dame.

Hurt has started in 19 games this season, but not in either of the past two. Those were the first two Atlantic Coast Conference games when he wasn’t on the court at the beginning.

“It shows everybody stays ready,” Duke backup guard Alex O’Connell said. “Obviously, Matt did that. We all did that.”

While coach Mike Krzyzewski chose to limit Hurt’s playing time based on recent performances, he remained in the plans.

“That doesn’t mean you’re not good,” Krzyzewski said. “It’s not like everybody has a good game all the time.”

Hurt said he understood the situation and knew he needed to play better.

“College basketball is a lot different from high school,” the freshman forward said. “There’s always going to be bumps in the road, but never get too low and never give up and keep working.”

Hurt logged a total of 17 minutes against Boston College and North Carolina, with only six minutes in the game in Chapel Hill that included overtime. That was by far Hurt’s least amount of playing time in a two-game span.

He hit the 18-minute mark in the Florida State game, so that’s still a majority of the time watching from the bench.

Hurt said it’s important not to be defined in one area. So that final-minute rebound might carry more value than any of his 12 points in the game.

“People just call me a shooter and a scorer, but I want to be more than that,” he said. “I want to do the dirty plays – rebounds, deflections, all of that, just trying to make winning plays.”

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Tip-off

Who: Notre Dame (15-9, 6-7) at No. 7 Duke (21-3, 11-2)

When: 4 p.m. Saturday (ESPN)

Where: Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham

Series: Duke leads 25-7, winning the past five meetings