Florida Gulf Coast vs San Diego State

Florida Gulf Coast makes history with win over SDSU


PHILADELPHIA -- Florida Gulf Coast went from shocking the college basketball world to downright impressing it. And the Eagles were smiling the whole time.

Playing loose and easy, little-known FCGU beat San Diego State 81-71 on Sunday to become the first No. 15 seed to reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.

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"We don't take ourselves too seriously," said Florida Gulf Coast coach Andy Enfield, whose players tossed him in the air and poured water on him in raucous celebration before his postgame interviews. "We try to have fun, get serious when we have to.

"Our goal was to make history and we did it."

The next opponent for the upstart state school will be the main campus, third-seeded Florida, on Friday night in the South Regional semifinal in Dallas.

"We tried to scrimmage them early in the season in the preseason, now we get our shot," Enfield said.

Bernard Thompson had 23 points and Sherwood Brown added 17 for FGCU, the 16-year-old school in just its second season being eligible for Division I postseason play.

In its first-ever NCAA tournament game on Friday, the Atlantic Sun champion busted brackets everywhere with an upset win over No. 2 Georgetown, a game the Eagles took control of with a 21-2 run in the second half.

It went much the same way against San Diego State.

This time the run was 17-0 and Brown, who was saddled early in the second half with foul trouble, had eight of the first 10 points of it. When it was over the Eagles led 71-52 with 4:19 to play and the only decisions left were how the players and fans were going to celebrate.

No. 15 seeds in the Round of 32
2013No. 15 FGCU 81, No. 7 San Diego St. 71
2012No. 7 Florida 84, No. 15 Norfolk St. 50
2012No. 10 Xavier 70, No. 15 Lehigh 58
2001No. 10 Georgetown 76, No. 15 Hampton 57
1997No. 10 Texas 82, No. 15 Coppin State 81
1993No. 7 Temple 68, No. 15 Santa Clara 57
1991No. 10 Temple 77, No. 15 Richmond 64

After at least one basket, Brown opened his mouth and waggled his tongue at FCGU as he ran up court.

And after the game, the whole team joined in a bird dance that the players on the bench.

On the court, FCGU played like it had nothing to lose. And really, the Eagles didn't. Given their school's short history, nobody expected them to win a game at the NCAA tournament, let alone two.

Brett Comer, who didn't have as many lob passes for dunks as he did against the Hoyas, finished with 10 points and 14 assists, some of which resulted in dunks that had the crowd cheering and wanting more.

FGCU even unleashed another offensive weapon. Christophe Varidel, a native of Switzerland, hit two big 3s early for the Eagles and finished with 11 points after going scoreless against Georgetown.

Jamal Franklin had 20 points and 11 rebounds for the seventh-seeded Aztecs (23-11), who were trying to reach the regional semifinals for the second time in three years.

Xavier Thames' layup brought the Aztecs within 54-52 with 11:33 to play but the Eagles were off on their run about 90 seconds later. FGCU held San Diego State without a field goal for 7 1/2 minutes as it again pulled away again against a teams with much bigger national profile.

The Eagles shot 55.9 percent for the game (33 of 59), including going 7 of 18 from 3-point range.

The Aztecs finished at 44.3 percent (27 of 61) and were 8 of 23 from beyond the arc.

FGCU had one of its highlight plays in the first half when Comer flipped the ball up toward the rim and a flying Eric McKnight grabbed it for a one-hand jam with 8:50 to play that woke up the crowd at Wells Fargo Center.

Suddenly it sounded a lot like Friday night, when the Eagles had several jams on lob passes that were a big part of the Georgetown upset.

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Florida Gulf Coast #15 «344781
San Diego State #7 353671
FGC:B. Thompson 23 Pts
FGC:S. Brown 8 Reb
FGC:B. Comer 14 Ast
SDGST:J. Franklin 20 Pts
SDGST:J. Franklin 11 Reb
SDGST:X. Thames 6 Ast

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Florida Gulf CoastSan Diego State
Bernard Thompson
Jamaal Franklin
Florida Gulf Coast Eagles
B. Thompson, G349-153-442023
C. Fieler, F335-71-131111
B. Comer, G315-140-0214410
S. Brown, G266-83-482317
E. McKnight, F264-71-24029
C. Varidel, G244-70-121011
E. Murray, F160-00-02000
D. Graf, G60-00-02110
F. Cvjeticanin, F40-10-00020
N. Hicks, CDid Not Play
J. Jones, GDid Not Play
M. Blake, FDid Not Play
L. Livingston, F-CDid Not Play
A. Blessig, GDid Not Play
Totals 33-598-1227211381
San Diego State Aztecs
X. Thames, G373-81-23618
J. Franklin, G368-132-2114120
C. Tapley, G327-180-032117
D. Stephens, F234-42-250310
J. O'Brien, F211-10-01012
J. Rahon, G244-122-331312
W. Shepard, F160-22-43312
S. Spencer, F110-30-04000
A. Quinn, GDid Not Play
L. Franklin, GDid Not Play
D. Polee II, FDid Not Play
J. Johnson, FDid Not Play
J. Castleberry, GDid Not Play
A. Douglas, GDid Not Play
N. Ebrahimian, GDid Not Play
R. Staten, GDid Not Play
M. Shrigley, FDid Not Play
Totals 27-619-1333161171
Atlantic Sun
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
N.J. Tech2-29-10264
No. Florida2-28-13221
S.C. Upstate1-36-15333
Kennesaw St.1-35-14310

Mountain West
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Boise St.6-116-331
Fresno St.4-314-6120
New Mexico4-39-11165
San Diego St3-311-6101
Colorado St.3-410-10141
Utah St.3-410-10163
Air Force2-48-10237
San Jose St.0-73-15307
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TEMP 52 Final
IND 58
UNC 58 Final
KAN 70
MINN 64 Final
FLA 78
LAS 76 Final
ILL 59 Final
CREI 50 Final