Saturday, March 30, 2013

FGCU

ARLINGTON, American state -— American state sea-coast, the free-wheeling No. fifteen seed that has redefined the term Cinderella team, took the court against American state as if this were a pickup game close to the beach in Fort Myers.

In seventy five years of the NCAA tournament, school basketball fans has ne'er seen a set of pressure-free players quite just like the "Dunk City" Eagles, the primary No. fifteen seed ever to play within the Sweet sixteen.

NCAA TOURNAMENT: Updated bracket

BOX SCORE: American state sixty two, FGCU 50

Throughout their game against third-seeded American state, they used a similar unchecked enthusiasm and clear energy that oxyacetylene upsets over Georgetown and city State. however ultimately they struggled to handle American state on the boards and navigate its defense, bowing out of the NCAA tournament with a 62-50 defeat before associate proclaimed crowd of forty,639 at Cowboys construction.

Florida advanced to play fourth-seeded Michigan, whose inconceivable three-minute rally from a 10-point deficit eliminated top-seeded Kansas, in Sunday's South Region final.

Florida sea-coast had been the foremost refreshing, most compelling story line throughout the NCAA tournament's 1st week. The Eagles are in Division I basketball for simply six years and eligible for postseason play for simply 2. Their coach, Andy Enfield, has associate master's degree in finance, a model for a partner and a team jam-packed with players WHO had no clue that they'd no business enjoying this deep into the NCAA tournament.

But as usually happens to tiny faculty underdogs during this tournament, reality hits once they hit elite power conference groups within the Sweet sixteen. The exuberant FGCU fans continuing to wave banners and flags to the terribly finish Fri night, when fans supporting different colleges streamed to the exits within the game's final 2 minutes. And within the final seconds, the FGCU fans stood and applauded the players, as American state fans musical "Almost time of day," referencing the top of the Cinderella run.

"When they started their run we tend to failed to have the energy we tend to had within the different 2 games," same Eagles forward Chase Fieler. "We weren't wiggling with a similar hearth that we tend to had before."

FGCU players same that Enfield told them within the room when the sport that they ought to forever be happy with what they accomplished as a result of they created history.

"Our arrange wasn't to become some nice national story," Enfield same. "Our arrange was to travel in, contend and win games. ... Our players believed and that they accomplished one thing special."

After waste associate 11-point half lead, Fieler threw down one among the Eagles' trademark dunks to slice the deficit to seven points with 3:14 to play. Florida, a veteran team that's one finish removed from giving coach Billy Donovan his fourth Final Four look, simply had an excessive amount of poise to crumble.

FLORIDA GULF COAST'S charming TOURNEY RUN

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