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FGCU eyes ‘Upset’ win

June 28, 2013
Special to the Breeze (jlinette@breezenewspapers.com) , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The first-ever No. 15 seed in NCAA Tournament history to advance to the Sweet 16, the FGCU men's basketball team's second-round upset of No. 2 seed Georgetown in March earned the Eagles one of four nominations for the "Best Upset" award at the 2013 ESPYS announced Thursday afternoon.

Fans can log on to www.ESPYS.com and vote until the start of the show on Wednesday, July 17, at 9 p.m. The ESPYs will be hosted by Jon Hamm at the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles show live on ESPN.

FGCU is encouraging fans to tweet @ESPYS and to mention "The ESPYS" within the tweet along with @FGCU_MBB and #DunkCity so status updates will be connected to the show.

Making its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament in just its second year of Division I postseason eligibility, FGCU captured the hearts of the nation with a 21-2 second-half run and numerous high-flying dunks that eventually led to a 78-68 win over the second-seeded Hoyas and the birth of Dunk City.

The Eagles were just the seventh No. 15 seed to ever win a game in the NCAA Tournament as senior Sherwood Brown (Orlando/Olympia HS) poured in a game-high 24 points.

Sophomore Bernard Thompson (Conyers, Ga.) contributed 23 points and sophomore Brett Comer (Winter Park/Winter Park HS) added a double-double of 12 points and 10 assists.

The win over Georgetown wasn't enough for FGCU. The Eagles became the first No. 15 seed in NCAA history to advance to the Sweet 16 and the first team since the 1987 Florida Gators to win its first two tournament games. The Eagles followed their second round performance with an 81-71 win over No. 7 seed San Diego State in the third round to earn a trip to Dallas Cowboys Stadium for the South Region semifinals.

The Eagles capped their season with a program D1 record 26 wins (26-11), winning 14 of their last 17 games. They finished the season with a No. 25 ranking in the final USA Today/Coaches Poll.

 
 

 

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