Fieler helps Florida Gulf Coast Upset Georgetown

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

(AP) - Sherwood Brown scored 24 points, Bernard Thompson had 23 points, and Parkersburg's Chase Fieler had a pair of rim rattling jams to to lead Florida Gulf Coast to an incredible NCAA tournament debut, a 78-68 win over second-seeded Georgetown on Friday night in the second round of the South Regional.

The Eagles, in their second season of being eligible for Division I postseason, became just the seventh No. 15 seed to beat a No. 2.

Fieler played his high school basketball for Parkersburg South where he earned All State honors and played in the Class AAA state tournament his junior season

Friday night Fieler was a role player with 9 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocked shots, and a steal. Plus a high flying 1 handed dunk in the second half, electrified his team and made highlight reels of every sportscast in the country.

FGCU (25-10) will play seventh-seeded San Diego State the third round on Sunday.

A night after America's oldest university, Harvard, pulled off a major upset over fourth-seeded New Mexico, one of its youngest - FGCU's first student was admitted in 1997 - got one that was even bigger.

The Eagles took control with a 21-2 run that gave them a 52-33 lead with 12:28 to play, though the Hoyas used a furious rally to get within 72-68 with 52 seconds left.

It was another disappointing NCAA exit for the Hoyas (25-7), who have lost to a double-digit seed in their last four appearances.

Markel Starks had 23 points for the Hoyas.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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