Florida Gulf Coast Stuns Georgetown in Shocking Upset

Ben Chodos@bchodosCorrespondent IIMarch 23, 2013

Mar 22, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Florida Gulf Coast Eagles guard Bernard Thompson (2) celebrates making a basket during the first half against the Georgetown Hoyas during the second round of the 2013 NCAA tournament at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
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Last year’s NCAA tournament saw two No. 15 seeds record incredible upsets, and No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast kept the trend alive with an astonishing 78-68 win over No. 2 Georgetown.

The Eagles received massive performances from their guards to get the incredible victory, but Chase Fieler's thunderous dunk late in the second half was one of several FGCU jams to steal the show.

Sherwood Brown and Bernard Thompson both had terrific scoring nights. Brown lit up the scoreboard with 24 points, Thompson had 23 points and Brett Comer's passing destroyed the Hoyas. He recorded 10 assists in the miraculous upset. 

The game was even for the first 10 minutes, but then it appeared as if it would follow a predictable storyline. Midway through the first half, the Hoyas started to pull away and opened up a seven-point lead.

But Florida Gulf Coast showed fantastic resolve and climbed back, eventually taking a 24-22 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The Eagles slightly extended their lead at the start of the of half, but once again, it looked as if it would all fall apart for the underdogs when Hoyas guard Markel Starks drained a three-pointer to tie the game at 31-31.

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Then, it became instantly apparent to everyone in Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia why they call it March Madness. The Eagles seized every last bit of momentum from the Hoyas and went on an incredible 21-2 run to open up a 19-point lead.

Georgetown was completely shell-shocked, and star forward Otto Porter was nowhere to be found. In what may be his last game for the Hoyas, he shot just five-of-17 from the floor and finished with 13 points.

The Hoyas did manage to climb back out of the huge hole they faced at one point during the second half, and the team's stout defense led to turnovers and fast-break points. But in the end, the comeback wasn't enough to save Georgetown's season. 

There have been some improbable results in this tournament, but as of now, nothing compares to this.

On March 20, FGCU head coach Andy Enfield wrote a guest column for Bleacher Report detailing the Eagles program, their path to the big dance and what they hoped to do versus the Hoyas Friday night. 

Enfield's squad did everything he aimed for in the piece and more, achieving the sweetest, and most stunning, victory college hoops fans have seen so far in this tournament.

The Hoyas will now head back to Washington D.C. and start looking ahead to next year, while the Eagles will attempt to keep their Cinderella run going against the winner of Friday night’s game between No. 7 San Diego State and No. 10 Oklahoma. 

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