Shocking debut: FGCU sends Georgetown packing

9:45 PM, Mar 22, 2013   |    comments
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Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - What a debut for Florida Gulf Coast in the NCAA Tournament.

Playing in the City of Brotherly Love, the 15th-seeded Eagles portrayed the role of Rocky Balboa and delivered a stunning knockout to Georgetown's national title hopes.

Sherwood Brown had 24 points and Bernard Thompson scored 23 in Florida Gulf Coast's 78-68 win over the Hoyas.

Brett Comer finished with 12 points, 10 assists and six rebounds for the Eagles (25-10), who seized control with a 21-2 second-half surge and became the third No. 15 seed to oust a No. 2 in the last two years.

Norfolk State edged Missouri last March 16, a few hours before Lehigh took down Duke.

Florida Gulf Coast, the Atlantic Sun Tournament champs, will play either San Diego State or Oklahoma in the third round of the South Region.

The Eagles are in just their second year of Division I postseason eligibility.

Markel Starks paced Georgetown (25-7) with 23 points, while Big East player of the year Otto Porter, Jr. posted a 13-point, 11-rebound double-double.

 

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