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FGCU men's basketball team: Get to know the NCAA Tournament's newest Cinderella team

Mar. 23, 2013

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No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast stuns No. 2 Georgetown: FGCU may have shocked Georgetown and the nation, but victory seemed to come as less of a surpise to Eagle Sherwood Brown, who said "We've worked really, really hard to be where we're at."
FGCU officials William Blood, left, and Ken Kavanagh, right, read national papers featuring FGCU's victory over Georgetown at the team's hotel Saturday (3/23/13) in Philadelphia. / Kinfay Moroti/


The 15th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles became just the seventh team in the NCAA Tournament to defeat a No. 2 seed Friday night in Philadelphia after winning 78-68 over Georgetown.

Get to know the university's men's basketball program with these facts about the tournament's latest Cinderella story.

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- This is FGCU’s first winning men’s basketball season in Division I. In six years in Division I, the Eagles are 79-109.

- The team loves to dunk, racking up 134 dunks during the season - a statistic kept by assistant athletic director for communications Pat Pierson in a category the Eagles like to call “the dunk tank.” The dunks over Georgetown bring the total up to 139.

- Overall, FGCU is 193-148 in its men’s basketball history. The Eagles were in Division II for five seasons.

- FGCU’s first recruits were Ryan Hopkins and Bryan Crislip, who were from Parkersburg, W.V., the same hometown as Chase Fieler.

- FGCU’s first game was at what is now Germain Arena on Nov. 22, 2002. It lost to Puerto Rico-Bayamon 98-90.

- FGCU went 23-9 in its first season in 2002-03.

- In its second season in 2003-04, the Division II Eagles beat their first two Division I schools, Eastern Illinois and Indiana-Purdue at Fort Wayne, on back-to-back nights. It also played Kentucky Wesleyan, coached by Ray Harper, who almost led Western Kentucky to a first-round upset of Kansas.

- This isn’t the school’s first appearance in an NCAA Tournament. In 2004-05, FGCU made the NCAA Division II Tournament. It lost a first-round game to Eckerd 81-79 on March 12.

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- In 2006-07, the Division II Eagles won 19 of its last 20 games, but didn’t get an NCAA bid. Its only loss was to Division I Butler, 79-65, which went to the Sweet 16 before losing to eventual national champion Florida.

- In 2007-08, FGCU beat Pennsylvania 60-30.

- In 2008, the Eagles were the first foe for Kansas, a year after the Jayhawks won the national championship.

- In 2009, FGCU beat its first high major in DePaul, at home, 64-61.

- FGCU only has had two coaches in its history – Dave Balza and Andy Enfield. Balza was fired after the 2010-11 season.

- In 2011-12, FGCU lost to TCU, SMU, Loyola (Md.) and Nebraska by a total of six points. In their first Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament appearance, the Eagles upset South Carolina-Upstate and Mercer before losing to Belmont in the championship game.

- In 2012-13, FGCU played Virginia Commonwealth, Miami, Duke and Iowa State, which all won first-round NCAA Tournament games. The Eagles now are the only NCAA team to have an unbeaten record in tournament play.

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