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March 24, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Florida Gulf Coast basketball players held their jerseys after the final buzzer so everyone could see the green "FGCU" embroidered across their chests.   Two hours earlier, those letters were irrelevant. Those letters are now forever in NCAA tournament lore. Fifteenth-seeded Florida Gulf Coast, or FGCU, pulled off one of the biggest upsets in tournament history with a 78-68 win over second-seeded Georgetown to advance to Sunday's third round.   "I told our team before the game that Georgetown is ranked eighth in the country.
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March 24, 2013 | By Zach Berman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Since Florida Gulf Coast became a national darling on Friday night, a fake Twitter account has been created for guard Sherwood Brown with more followers than his actual Twitter account. And coach Andy Enfield's cell phone showed 450 text messages, including one from a high school classmate with strategic advice. This is life as Cinderella. And the 15th-seeded Eagles are doing it in Philadelphia, a city that embraces underdogs and Eagles - and it's even better when they're one and the same.
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March 22, 2013 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Florida Gulf Coast, the South's No. 15 seed, shouldn't feel intimidated by No. 2 Georgetown in the second round. The Eagles defeated Miami, 63-51, before the Hurricanes went on to mostly dominate the Atlantic Coast Conference. Miami is the No. 2 seed in the East Regional. FGCU led the Atlantic Sun Conference with 72.7 points per game. The state university in Fort Myers made the NCAAs in its second year of Division I eligibility by winning the Atlantic Sun tournament.   Be prepared Georgetown coach John Thompson III had his assistants checking out Florida Gulf Coast while Sunday's selection show was still going on. Thompson admitted that he was taken aback when he saw that the Hoyas had drawn a completely unfamiliar opponent.
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March 26, 2013 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the middle of scoring 17 straight, there was this little pearl, a crafty no-look over-the-shoulder pass from Florida Gulf Coast point guard Brett Comer to a cutting teammate. The real beauty of it: The whistle had already blown. Florida Gulf Coast's point guard knew it, throwing it with only one purpose, to entertain the masses at the Wells Fargo Center. They were entertained. Oh, they were entertained. Even Duke's band got up to go crazy at one point for Florida Gulf Coast, a university that ran a fastbreak dunkathon from obscurity at the Wells Fargo Center, knocking San Diego State aside, 81-71, just as they had Georgetown.
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March 25, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
By the time the buzzer sounded, the Philadelphia crowd was on its feet. It was a mix of awe and appreciation for what transpired during the previous two hours, when the best story - and most exciting show - of the NCAA tournament was on full display.   Florida Gulf Coast made history at the Wells Fargo Center, becoming the first 15th seed to advance to the Sweet 16. The 81-71 win over seventh-seeded San Diego State on Sunday night came two days after an upset of second-seeded Georgetown.
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March 22, 2013 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
ANDY ENFIELD is the greatest free throw shooter in college basketball history. He was an NBA player development coach. He started a company called "All Net Basketball. " He was an assistant at Florida State while the Seminoles were one of the top teams in the ACC. He is in his second season as the head coach at Florida Gulf Coast University, a school that became a school in 1997, went Division I in 2007 and just became eligible for the NCAA Tournament in 2012. FGCU nearly won the Atlantic Sun Tournament last year.
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March 25, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
By the time the buzzer sounded, the Philadelphia crowd was on its feet. It was a show of awe and appreciation for what transpired during the previous two hours, when the best story - and most exciting show - of the NCAA tournament was on full display. Florida Gulf Coast made history at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday, becoming the first 15th seed to advance to the Sweet 16. Their 81-71 win over No. 7 San Diego State came two days after an upset of second-seeded Georgetown. They next play Florida in Arlington, Texas, on Friday.
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November 14, 2007
Who: Drexel (2-0) at Florida Gulf Coast (1-0) When: 7 o'clock Where: Alico Arena, Fort Myers, Fla. TV/Radio: None/WNTP (990-AM) Note: This is Florida Gulf Coast's first home game since moving up to Division I. The Eagles are 80-11 all time at Alico Arena.
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May 18, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kevin Welsh was trying to bunt. He ended up delivering the biggest hit of the game. After fouling off two bunt attempts in falling behind 0-2 in the count, Welsh lined an RBI triple to power Northern Burlington County to a 6-4 victory over Haddonfield in nine innings in the quarterfinals of the Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic on Saturday. "That's Kevin," Northern Burlington coach Rich Doppler said of his senior shortstop. Welsh, the team's No. 9 hitter, collected a double and triple and scored two runs as Northern Burlington (22-3)
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March 4, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
THE GUYS from Florida Gulf Coast are back for one more shot at glory; the kid from Oakland is indefatigable; and Bucknell is winning even without our help. Here's a look at the three conference tournaments that begin today: Atlantic Sun At Campus Sites FIRST ROUND/Tuesday, March 3 5-Lipscomb at 4-Northern Kentcky, 7 6-Kennesaw St. at 3-S.C.-Upstate, 7 7-Jacksonville at 2-Florida Gulf Coast, 7 8-Stetson at 1-North Florida, 7:30 SEMIFINALS/Thursday, March 5 Times TBA CHAMPIONSHIP/Sunday, March 8 Semifinal winners, 2:30 (ESPN2)
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July 7, 2014 | By Max Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Matt Hockenberry missed the call that would tell him he was going home. Tired out by the Clearwater, Fla., heat, the 23-year-old Gulf Coast Phillies righthander took a nap after the team's game June 23. When he awoke, Hockenberry answered his roommate's phone after missing his own call. Florida Gulf Coast pitching coach Steve Schrenk was on the line, telling Hockenberry to pack his bags and join the Lakewood BlueClaws, in Greensboro, N.C., after just one appearance for the Gulf Coast Phillies.
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June 9, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tom Flacco was surprised and honored. Flacco, an Eastern High School senior, was selected by the Phillies in the 32d round of the MLB draft Saturday. "I didn't even know they were following me," Flacco said. "It's a great honor. " Flacco, who has a football scholarship offer from Western Michigan, said he was likely to "play football" but didn't want to rule out signing with the Phillies until he had more discussions with the organization. Flacco, a speedy lefthanded swinger, batted .506 with eight doubles, six triples, and 30 RBIs as a shortstop for Eastern.
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March 5, 2014 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
OUR OLD friends at Florida Gulf Coast are at it again. Delaware's Devon Saddler wants one final run to end his career. And we all know about Doug McDermott, but who is second in the nation in scoring? Hint: He's mentioned somewhere in this report. Put down the ice scraper and pick up the TV remote, it's conference tournament time. Here is the first installment of our previews: STARTED LAST NIGHT Patriot League Regular-season champ: Boston U. Fun facts: Former Villanova assistant Joe Jones is in his third season as Boston U. coach.
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November 13, 2013
St. Joseph's received its third oral basketball commitment when 6-foot-10, 228-pound senior Obi Romeo of Greenbriar East High in West Virginia chose the Hawks. Originally from Nigeria, Romeo has been in the country for about three years. His adoptive father, Rick Romeo, said that St. Joseph's was the first school to contact him. Rick Romeo said that Florida Gulf Coast, East Tennessee State, Georgia Southern and Longwood were among the others that were in the picture. Romeo joins two high school players from North Carolina as Hawks recruits: 6-7 power forward Markell Lodge and 6-6 wing player James Demery.
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April 22, 2013 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
If Mike Rice is everybody's favorite poster child right now for how not to coach, Andy Enfield could be his opposite. One will be lucky to ever coach for a salary again. The other showed up in Philadelphia last month, showed off plenty of coaching sophistication as his team won a couple of NCAA games representing a school few had ever heard of, and parlayed that into a new job coaching the Southern California Trojans. When Florida Gulf Coast revved up at the Wells Fargo Center, cameras focused on the Dunk City style, the imaginative alley-oops that got the crowd going, and Enfield's wife - a former cover model.
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April 17, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
TWO LIKELY lottery picks announced they will give up their college eligibility and enter the NBA draft. Kentucky freshman forward Nerlens Noel and Georgetown sophomore forward Otto Porter Jr. declared their intentions on Monday. The 6-10 Noel is projected by some to be the likely top pick despite sustaining a season-ending torn ACL on Feb. 12. He led the nation with 4.4 blocks per game, and averaged 10.5 points and 9.5 rebounds. Noel also had 50 steals for Kentucky (21-12)
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April 11, 2013 | The Inquirer Staff
La Salle made the deepest run of any City Six team in the NCAA tournament, and the Explorers were rewarded with a place in the final ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll of the season. John Giannini's crew is ranked 24th, a spot ahead of Florida Gulf Coast. Atlantic Ten rivals Virginia Commonwealth and St. Louis are also ranked, at No. 23 and No. 16 respectively. The top four teams were the final four teams: Louisville, Michigan, Syracuse, and Wichita State. Temple was the only other local school to receive votes, and finished the equivalent of 37th.
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April 3, 2013 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Kevin Ware was back on the Louisville campus Tuesday after his release from an Indianapolis hospital. Two days earlier, millions had watched the sophomore guard break his right leg on a horrifying play while trying to block a shot. He tweeted Tuesday, "Back to my brothers I go. " Local all-stars. Two Big Five players, La Salle's Ramon Galloway and Villanova's Mouphtaou Yarou, are on the West roster for the National Association of Basketball Coaches' Reese's Division I College All-Star Game on Friday at the Georgia Dome.
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