If you keep up with this blog, you would know that I saw this coming. No one saw how good the 15 FGCU Eagles are and just thought “Oh, they are a 15 seed so they must be terrible. Easy win for Georgetown.” If you had this mindset, you are totally wrong, my friend.
The Eagles had to go through a lot to get to this stage. This year is only their second year of eligibility to play in the postseason. To be able to clinch a berth in the Big Dance, the Eagles had to win the Atlantic Sun Tournament. FGCU was not going to receive an at-large bid.
The Florida Gulf Coast Eagles did indeed win the A-Sun tournament. The had to face Mercer at their house. The Eagles won by a score of 88-75 against the Bears. Mercer was the number one ranked team in that tournament. This made FGCU the first team to secure themselves a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
Then came Selection Sunday. The Eagles team watched the telecast together, waiting for the announcements of what seed they would be and who the are playing. Coach Andy Enfield was saying that his team deserved to be ranked anywhere from a 12-14. The came out as a 15 and was drawn to play the Georgetown Hoyas, who had a share of the regular season Big East title.
Throughout the week leading up to the game, the main story on FGCU is how Coach Enfield is married to Amanda Marcum, a former swimsuit model. There was no talk of a possible upset between the two teams.
Well, the game between these two teams came today, and still almost no one gave FGCU a chance to win. FGCU came out fast with a 6-3 lead. For a small amount of time, they lost the lead to the Hoyas and trailed at one point by eight points, but the Eagles never trailed again once they came back from that deficit.
FGCU went into the half with the lead. The score at the time was 24-22. The Eagles were able to contain Georgetown as they had the ball for the final possession of the half. Florida Gulf Coast put on the hard defense as Georgetown was not even able to put up a final shot.
The second half was filled with amazing slams by FGCU, as the game started to look like a dunk contest display hosted by the Eagles of FGCU. Dunk after dunk lead to the Eagles largest lead of the game at nineteen points. As the half came winding down, Georgetown slowly crept back into the game to be down by as little as five. This was done with sharpshooting by Georgetown, who made three three-pointers in a row to cut the deficit, while FGCU would be forced to the free-throw line to shoot only two shots. Eventually, Georgetown started to miss their shots and the Eagles kept racking up free throws. This allowed for the Florida Gulf Coast lead to return to ten, and it would remain that way as they won the game 78-68.
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