Florida Gulf Coast shocks No. 2 seed Georgetown
TribLIVE Sports Videos
PHILADELPHIA — 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 being eligible for Division I postseason, busted a load of brackets with a 78-68 victory over second-seeded Georgetown on Friday night 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 then 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 Florida Gulf Coast, the champions of the Atlantic Sun Conference
FGCU (25-10) will play the winner of the game between seventh-seeded San Diego State and No. 10 Oklahoma in the third round Sunday.
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 (25-7) staged a furious rally to get within 72-68 with 52 seconds left, but the Eagles went 6 of 10 from the free-throw line to seal it.
“In the second half, we pushed the ball, we got out, we ran, we made shots, got some alley-oop dunks to energize the crowd. I'm very proud of our players,” said coach Andy Enfield, whose wife, supermodel Amanda Marcum, was shown several times on the arena's big screen.
For those who don't know FCGU, and that was probably plenty of people as of Friday afternoon, Florida Gulf Coast is a state university in Fort Myers with an enrollment of about 12,000 students.
This is FGCU's first tournament and Georgetown's 29th, including the 1984 national championship. But the Eagles did beat Miami earlier this season.
The Eagles charged at their fans when the game ended and — after some of them shook hands with Hall of Famer and TV analyst Reggie Miller — it was a celebration that could be felt all the way to back to campus.
Big East Player of the Year Otto Porter Jr. had 13 points on 5-of-17 shooting and 11 rebounds.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Judge refuses to reduce bail for McKeesport robbery suspect
- Freeport grad picks PSAC’s Mercyhurst
- Civic organization donates to Clairton Police Department
- Undefeated West Mifflin set to open American Legion state tournament
- West Mifflin woman held for court, accused of leaving baby unattended
- Rain postpones Monday’s Fayette County Baseball League playoff games
- Steelers hoping that youth movement breathes life into team
- Pirates’ Worley tosses 4-hit shutout vs. Giants
- Killer sharks are taking over the air, and the airwaves
- Marine recalls sights, sounds of Saigon: April 30, 1975 — the day the U.S. Embassy closed
- Pa. Congressmen ask NCAA to relax sanctions on Penn State football