Friday, March 29, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas - The 15th-seeded FGCU Eagles fell to the No. 3 seed Florida Gators in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 by the final score of 62-50. The 2013 Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year, Sherwood Brown posted 14 points in the loss; a team-high and only one off the game-high. Brown added six rebounds.
FGCU was the first 15-seed to advance to the Sweet 16 as the Eagles posted 10-point wins vs. No. 2 Georgetown and No. 7 San Diego State in the second and third rounds. The Eagles also became the first A-Sun team to advance to the Sweet 16.
Brown stated of the Eagles' postseason success, "FGCU wasn't a very well known school before we entered the tournament. And now the whole nation knows about us."
The A-Sun Championship MVP, Brett Comer tallied seven assists with three steals. Chase Fieler, a second team all-conference member, added 12 points as the junior hit two three pointers, while pulling down six rebounds. Comer pushed his single-season assist total to 244, which is the second-best total in conference history.
"We made history. We did something that nobody in the nation thought we would do," Comer emphasized. "I'm proud of our team"
The 14-point effort for Brown increased his season point total to 574, which is the 44th best in conference history. Bernard Thompson, the A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year, finished the year with 102 steals; the second-best total in the A-Sun all-time. Thompson scored six points in the loss with five rebounds.
The Eagles led by as many as 11 points in the contest only six minutes into the game as FGCU went into the locker room trailing Florida, 30-26. Florida outscored FGCU, 32-24, in the second half as Mike Rosario landed a game-high 15 points.
FGCU's magical run in the NCAA Tournament ended with a 26-11 record. The Eagles became the fourth team in conference history to win an NCAA Tournament contest. The Eagles' 26 win are a Division I program record.
"We learned we can play with anybody as long as we play well," Fieler said of the tournament run. "And we learned that we're Dunk City now, not just Fort Myers."
Florida pushed its season mark to 29-7 and earned a berth in the Elite Eight against Michigan on Sunday.