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Florida Gulf Coast makes history with win over Georgetown

Brett Comer and Chase Fieler celebrate FGCU’s upset. (Michael Perez / AP)

Sometime after dusk Friday night, residents up and down the East Coast began spotting a multi-colored, fiery blaze streaking through the sky. Though unconfirmed by a snapshot, reports say the meteor traveled east to west, an unbelievable sight for those witnessing the event.

Heck, the meteor could have contained aliens seeking residence on Earth. Pretty much anything would be more believable than what happened in Philadelphia less than two hours later.

Behind several eye-popping dunks from both Eddie Murray and Chase Fieler, Florida Gulf Coast became just the seventh No. 15 seed ever to upset a No. 2 seed, stunning Georgetown 78-68. It was the second-largest margin of victory by a 15th seed and another early-round blow for the Hoyas, who have now lost to double-digit seeds in five straight tournaments, with an average seed differential of nine.

A 15-2 run sparked the Eagles to a 46-33 lead, and they withstood a late Georgetown rally to clinch the miraculous win. This all coming from an institution that began classes in 1997, received Division I status six years ago, only became postseason eligible last season and generates roughly $61,000 in revenue from its men’s basketball program per annum.

Of course, life’s pretty good for Florida Gulf Coast right now. Their dorms contain views like this. Their coach, Andy Edfield, is the NCAA’s all-time free-throw leader and is married to a former supermodel. At their Selection Sunday party, they began chanting, “We want Georgetown” when the national television cameras flashed to the scene.

They got them. And more.

They got dunks like this…

…and this…

…and turned the Hoyas from surging contender into oblivious fools with plays like this:

All told, “Cinderella” doesn’t begin to describe this team, which actually beat Miami earlier this season but still didn’t gather an impressive enough resume to warrant anything higher than a 15th seed. Another term altogether should probably be created. Here’s the list of victorious 15 seeds in history:

2012: Norfolk State 86-Missouri 84

2012: Lehigh 75-Duke 70

2001: Hampton 58-Iowa State 576

1997: Coppin State 78-South Carolina 65

1993: Santa Clara 64-Arizona 61

1991: Richmond 73-Syracuse 69

And, just to pour some sodium straight into the open wound, a list of Georgetown’s last five tournament exits:

2013: No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast 78-No. 2 Georgetown 68 (First round)

2012: No. 11 North Carolina State 66-No. 3 Georgetown 63 (Second round)

2011: No. 11 VCU 74-No. 6 Georgetown 56 (First round)

2010: No. 14 Ohio 97-No. 3 Georgetown 83 (First round)

2008: No. 10 Davidson 74-No. 2 Georgetown 70 (Second round)

(Gifs via mocksession)

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