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Eagles shock Hoyas 78-68

March 23, 2013
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Florida Gulf Coast sure made an entrance at the NCAA tournament.

A school that hasn't even celebrated its first 20-year reunion yet, and is in just its second season of eligibility for Division I postseason, busted a load of brackets with a 78-68 victory Friday night over second-seeded Georgetown in the second round of the South Regional.

The Eagles used a 21-2 run in the second half to pull away from the Hoyas and held on in the final minute to become the seventh No. 15 seed to beat a No. 2.

Sherwood Brown scored 24 points and Bernard Thompson had 23 to lead the Eagles, champions of the Atlantic Sun Conference

FGCU (25-10) plays the winner between San Diego State and Oklahoma in Sunday's third round.

A night after America's oldest university, Harvard, pulled off a major upset over fourth-seeded New Mexico, one of its youngest - FGCU's first student was admitted in 1997 - got one that was even bigger.

The Eagles' big run gave them a 52-33 lead with 12:28 to play. The Hoyas staged a furious rally to get within 72-68 with 52 seconds left, but the Eagles went 6-of-10 at the free throw line to seal it.



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