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The Suburbanite
  • March Madness yields milestone for FGCU Eagles

  • Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) became the first No. 15 seed to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. Their athleticism surprised Georgetown (No. 2) Friday and outpaced San Diego State (No. 7) Sunday.

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  • History. Made.
    Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) became the first No. 15 seed to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. Their athleticism surprised Georgetown (No. 2) Friday and outpaced San Diego State (No. 7) Sunday.
    They won decidedly — by 10 points each time — and they did it with flair. They celebrated with dancing and chanting and dousing the coach with the water cooler contents.
    And they deserved to.
    “Well, our goal was to make history, and we did that,” Florida Gulf Coast head coach Andy Enfield said immediately after the Eagles’ win over the Aztecs of San Diego State. “I am are proud of these fellows.
    “They played such good defense in the second half. We didn’t play great in the first half, but we had a talk at halftime that we really didn’t have energy. We came out in the second half and we have the energy like we used to.”
    Even as the Eagles were dancing at center court on Sunday, the milestone they had achieved had yet to sink in.
    “I can’t believe this is actually happening right now,” FGCU senior guard Sherwood Brown said before heading to the locker room after the game. “But we have more games to win.”
    The Eagles will face off against Florida today. It’s a game the Eagles fully expect to win. Though, they would have liked the chance to prepare for the match-up earlier in the year.
    “We try to scrimmage them early in the season/preseason,” Enfield said.  “(Florida) Coach (Billy) Donovan is an unbelievable coach and it’s one of the best programs in the country, so we’re looking forward to it.”