Start The Madness; FGCU Set to Make NCAA Tournament Debut Against Georgetown
Friday, March 22, 2013 | by Patrick Pierson (@Pierson_SID)
All five of Thompson's 20-point games have come on the road, including at Duke, VCU and St. John's. (Photo by Tim Cowie)
All five of Thompson's 20-point games have come on the road, including at Duke, VCU and St. John's. (Photo by Tim Cowie)
Florida Gulf Coast (25-10)
Georgetown (25-7)
3/22/2013 | Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pa. | Attendance: 0
Florida Gulf Coast245478
Stats at a GlanceFGCUGU
FG Percentage.429 (21-49) .375 (24-64)
3P FG Percentage.400 (6-15) .259 (7-27)
FT Percentage.682 (30-44) .650 (13-20)
Offensive Rebounds711
Defensive Rebounds3228
Total Rebounds3939
Bench Points1014
Statistical LeadersFGCUGU
PointsBROWN - 24
ReboundsBROWN - 9
PORTER, Jr. - 11
AssistsCOMER - 10
StealsCOMER - 1
BlocksFIELER - 3
PORTER, Jr. - 1

#15 FGCU (24-10) vs. #2 Georgetown (25-6)
Round: NCAA Tournament Second Round (South Region)
Date | Time: Friday, March 22, 2013 | 6:50 P.M.
City | Site: Philadelphia, Pa. | Wells Fargo Center (20,318)
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Current Streak: W5
Last 10: 8-2
Vs. Georgetown: First Meeting
With A Win: Sunday, March 24
Winner of #7 San Diego State vs. #10 Oklahoma

In just its sixth year in Division I and second as postseason eligible, FGCU will make its NCAA Tournament debut on Friday in Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center as the No. 15 seed in the South Region against No. 2 seed Georgetown at 6:50 p.m. on TBS. The Eagles strung together three straight double figure wins at the Atlantic Sun Tournament to capture the league’s automatic invite, capped by a 88-75 win over No. 1 seed and tournament host Mercer on March 9. FGCU enters on a five-game win streak and has won 12 of its last 14 outings.

#0 Brett Comer (G)
• A-Sun Tournament MVP - 21 points in championship game.
• A-Sun leader and 17th in the nation in assists per game (6.3).
• 213 assists are good for seventh in A-Sun single-season history.
• A-Sun active leader with nine double figure assist games.
• Assisted on 55 of the team’s 134 dunks.
#2 Bernard Thompson (G)
• A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year.
• Second in the nation in total steals (96) & fourth per game (2.82).
• Program record 96 steals are third-most in A-Sun history.
• Ranks 10th in the A-Sun in scoring (14.0 ppg).
• All five 20-point games have come on the road.
#25 Sherwood Brown (G)
• A-Sun Player of the Year and unanimous All-Conference pick.
• A-Sun All-Tournament team; team-highs of 16.0 ppg & 8.3 rpg.
• Top 10 in the A-Sun in scoring (15.3/7th) & rebounding (6.4/8th).
• FGCU is 12-3 when he leads in scoring.
• First player in program history with 1000 points & 500 rebounds.
#20 Chase Fieler (F)
• A-Sun All-Conference second team selection.
• A-Sun All-Tournament team; averaged 16.0 ppg & 7.0 rpg.
• Team leader with 55 dunks.
• Led the team in scoring 11 times after just twice in first two years.
• Reached double figures in 26 games, including eight in a row.
#12 Eric McKnight (F)
• Tied for third in the A-Sun in total blocks (42) and fifth per (1.2).
• Averaging 6.7 points and 4.6 rebounds in 20.8 minutes per game.
• Second on the team with 33 dunks.
• 42 blocks are third in FGCU single-season history.
• Boasts a team-leading 61.3 field goal percentage.

• A-Sun leader with 24 wins; a program D1 record.
• Won the A-Sun Tournament in just its second year of Division I postseason eligibility.
• Improved to 5-1 all-time at the A-Sun Tournament, advancing to the championship game both years.
• 39 wins under head coach ANDY ENFIELD in the last two seasons compared to 39 in the previous four campaigns.
• Won 12 of last 14 games and five straight - 12th-longest streak.
• Haven’t trailed at the half in the last 20 games.
• A-Sun leader and 16th in the nation in steals (9.0), FGCU has double figure steals in 17 games (14-3) on the year.
• Haven’t allowed more than 30 points in 12 of the last 20 halves.
• Haven’t trailed in nine games on the year.
• A-Sun leader in scoring (73.1), FGCU has scored 70+ points in 23 games - 16 of last 20 - and is 7-0 when scoring 80 points.
• Held a double-digit lead in 17 of the last 21 games and 25 times on the year, pushing the edge to 20+ points in eight contests.
• A perfect 13-0 when holding opponents under 60 points, including 8-0 in the A-Sun, and 9-1 when shooting 50 percent or better.
• As a team, FGCU has 134 dunks on the season.
• At least three players have reached double figures in 27 of the last 29 games, highlighted by five in six contests (6-0).
• 13 A-Sun regular wins were a program-best.
• 15-1 at Alico Arena this season, which equals the most home wins by an A-Sun team in the last five years; started the season with a program record D1 record nine straight victories.
• Had a program D1-best seven-game win streak during the year.

Head Coach: Andy Enfield (Johns Hopkins ‘91)
Record at FGCU: 39-27 (2nd Season)
Overall Record: Same
A-Sun Record: 21-15 (2nd Season)

Head Coach: John Thompson III (Princeton ‘88)
Record at Georgetown: 209-88 (9th Season)
Overall Record: 277-130 (13th Season)
BIG EAST Record: 99-57 (9th Season)

FGCU’s 39 wins the last two seasons under coach Enfield are just two shy of the previous four seasons total. Known for his up-tempo style, Enfield’s offensive wisdom has led to 40 games (out of 66) with 70+ points, including 15 of 80+ compared to 40 performances (out of 121) of 70+ and 12 of 80+ over the previous four years (2007-11) combined.

#FGCU FACTS FROM #MaconMadness
• Won the A-Sun Tournament in just its second year of Division I postseason eligibility.
• Improved to 5-1 all-time at the A-Sun Tournament, advancing to the championship game both years.
• Never trailed in the second half and for a total of just 31:03 of out of 120 minutes over the three games.
• Averaged 77.7 points, including 47.3 in the second half when it shot 49.5 percent.
• Committed 9.7 turnovers per game and just 13 over the final two games (40 minutes) ... team improved to 12-1 when committing 12 or less turnovers.
• 88 points were the most scored against Mercer this season - Bears rank 19th in the nation in scoring defense (58.2)
• Quartet of SHERWOOD BROWN (16.0), CHASE FIELER (16.0), BERNARD THOMPSON (13.7) and BRETT COMER (13.0) accounted for 76 percent of the team’s points.
• Brown, Fieler and Thompson reached double figures in all three games.
• Out of Thompson’s 41 points scored, 38 game in the second half, including all 18 in the quarterfinal win over UNF.
• Comer’s 21 points in the title game marked the second straight year he’s scored 20 points in the championship.
• Shot 23-of-28 from the free throw line in the final 5 minutes.

Outlet (Date) - RPI
NCAA (3/18) - 93
Real Time (3/18) - 93
ESPN Insider (3/18) - 96
CBS Sports (3/19) - 93
Rivals (3/18) - 93
StatSheet (3/19) - 100
CollegeHoopsNet.com (3/19) - 100
WarrenNolan.com (3/18) - 93

Out of the 13 Division I schools in the state of Florida, the Eagles (24-10) trail only No. 5 Miami (27-6) and No. 14 Florida (26-7) for the most wins. FGCU is 9-0 against Division I teams from Florida, including one of Miami’s six losses.

(Records through Mar. 17)
Miami: 27-6
Florida: 26-7
FGCU: 24-10
UCF: 20-11
Nine schools: 18 wins or fewer

• Earned the No. 1 seed in the BIG EAST Tournament after posting a 14-4 regular season record to finish in a three-way tie (Marquette, Louisville) for the title.
• Won 13 of the last 15 games and sports a 25-6 record.
• Georgetown is 6-2 against ranked teams.
• Ranked No. 8 in both the Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today Coaches Poll.
• Advanced to the BIG EAST Tournament semifinals and have done so five of nine years under head coach John Thompson III.
• Marked the sixth time the Hoyas were the No. 1 seed in the BIG EAST Tournament.
• Ranks ninth in the nation in scoring defense (55.7) and fourth in field goal percentage defense (.376).
• Given up less than 60 points in 21 of 31 contests.
• Sophomore forward Otto Porter Jr. was the only unanimous selection to the All-BIG EAST first team and was named the BIG EAST Player of the Year.
• Porter Jr. is one of 25 finalists for the Wooden Award that recognizes the top player in college basketball.
• A three-time BIG EAST Player of the Week, Porter Jr. has scored in double figures 18 straight games which includes seven 20-point performances.
• Porter Jr. leads the team in scoring (16.3) and rebounding (7.4), figures that rank ninth and sixth in the BIG EAST, respectively.
• Junior guard Markel Starks was named to the All-BIG EAST third team, while backcourt mate D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera was selected to the All-Rookie squad.

FGCU leads the A-Sun in scoring at 73.1 points per game thanks to being one of three teams to have three or more players average double figures. Senior SHERWOOD BROWN (15.3), sophomore BERNARD THOMPSON (14.0) and junior CHASE FIELER (12.2) are the second-highest scoring trio in the A-Sun at 41.5 points per.
• Trio averaged 45.7 points and 22.0 rebounds at the A-Sun Tournament which was 59 percent of the team’s scoring and 56 percent of the rebounding.
• Combined for 54 points in the A-Sun quarterfinal win over UNF, equaling a season-high that also came against the Ospreys on Jan. 31 and vs. Stetson on Jan. 25.
• Trio has reached double figures in the same game 16 times, including six of the last seven.
• Account for 15 of the team’s 17 20-point games.
• Have a combined 83 double figure performances out of a possible 102 and one of the three has led the team in scoring in all but two games.
• FGCU is 5-1 when the trio combines for 50 or more points.

Senior SHERWOOD BROWN has put together one of the most impressive single seasons in program history, earning A-Sun Player of the Year honors and a spot on the All-Conference first team as one of two unanimous selections.
• One of two players in the top 5 in scoring (16.1/T-5th) and rebounding (7.3/5th) in A-Sun regular season action.
• Reached double figures in a team-best 29 contests, including seven 20-point outings.
• One of three players in the A-Sun in the top 10 in scoring (15.3/7th) and rebounding (6.4/8th).
• First player in program history and fourth current A-Sun player to reach 1,000 points and 500 rebounds.
• First FGCU player to record four consecutive double-doubles and has a team-best five on the year.
• Averaging 16.1 points on the road and has reached double-digits in 21 of last 22 true road games.
• FGCU is 12-3 when Brown leads in scoring.
• Led the team in scoring in 15 games, rebounding on 13 occasions, including both in the same game five times.
• MVP of the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament hosted by FGCU.
• Only player to win the A-Sun Player of the Week honor more than once - has done so three times.
• Four-time College Sports Madness A-Sun Player of the Week.

Sophomore BERNARD THOMPSON’S 96 steals are a new program single-season record and double the amount of all but one other player in the A-Sun.
• Second in the nation in total steals with 96.
• Leads the A-Sun and ranks fourth in the nation in steals per game (2.82).
• 96 steals are the third-most in A-Sun history and eight off the record set by Centenary’s Larry Robinson (1989-90).
• Twice registered a career-high six steals against Stetson this season and five thefts four other times.
• Has four or more 11 times this year.
• Has a steal in 61 of 66 career games, including 46 multi-steal performances.
• Reached 100 career steals in 46th game at Kennesaw State.
• His 96 steals have led directly to 128 FGCU points (3.8 per game), including 52 of his own.
• Currently has a steal in 15 straight contests.

Junior CHASE FIELER is posting career-highs across the board, earning him a spot on the A-Sun All-Conference second team.
• Named to the A-Sun All-Tournament team after averaging team-highs of 16.0 points and 7.0 rebounds.
• Team leader with 55 dunks.
• Has led the team in scoring 11 times after leading the team in points just two times over his first two seasons.
• Third on the team in scoring (12.2) and second in rebounding (5.4) - figures that rank 16th and 12th in the A-Sun.
• Reached double figures 26 times after doing so just 15 times during his freshman and sophomore campaigns.
• Scored in double figures in 15 of 18 A-Sun games.
• Fourth in the A-Sun in blocks at 1.3 per game.
• Team leader with 78 offensive rebounds and seventh in the A-Sun at 2.3 per game.
• Has an offensive rebound in 33 of 34 games, highlighted by a career-high six in three contests.
• Named to the Battle 4 Atlantis All-Tournament team.
• Turned in the No. 3 highlight on the Jan. 25th Sports Center Top 10 Plays with a put-back dunk against Stetson.

After leading the A-Sun and finishing second among freshmen nationally in assists per game in 2011-12, sophomore BRETT COMER is out to defend his league assist crown.
• Tops in the A-Sun and 17th in the nation in assists (6.3).
• Seeking to become the fourth player in A-Sun history to lead the league in assists two straight years.
• One of two A-Sun players (Will Wilson - UNF) this season with five games of 10 or more assists.
• A-Sun active leader with nine career double-digit assist games.
• 213 assists are seventh in A-Sun single-season history.
• Ranks fifth in the A-Sun in assist/turnover ratio (+1.7).
• Second all-time in FGCU history with 391 assists.
• Third in the A-Sun in steals per game (1.5).
• Has an assist on 55 of the team’s 134 dunks.
• Has led the team in assists 62 of 66 career games.
• Scored in double figures 12 times.

Sophomore BRETT COMER doesn’t shy away from the big moment, as the FGCU point guard was named the A-Sun Tournament MVP after finishing with 21 points, five assists and three steals in the championship game against top-seeded Mercer. Comer’s 20-point performance was the fourth of his career, but his second in the A-Sun title game as he scored 20 points against Belmont in 2012. In two career A-Sun championship games, Comer has posted averages of 20.5 points, 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals, while shooting 13-of-25 from the field with four turnovers over 57 minutes.

Armed with length and athleticism - traits important to head coach ANDY ENFIELD’S defensive scheme - FGCU leads the A-Sun and ranks 16th in the nation at 9.0 steals per contest. FGCU forces a league-high 15.9 turnovers per game and is a perfect 13-0 when holding teams to 60 points or less.
• The Eagles have posted double-digit steals in 17 games this season, going 14-3 in those outings.
• Led by sophomore BERNARD THOMPSON’S 96 steals that are the second-most in the country, three FGCU players rank in the top seven in the A-Sun in thefts per.
• In 66 games under Enfield, FGCU has 584 steals.
• In the last eight wins, teams are averaging 55.9 points.
• Over the last 10 games, FGCU has given up more than 30 points in a half just eight times.

Highlighted by his 18 points in the final 12:53 against UNF in the A-Sun quarterfinals, sophomore BERNARD THOMPSON (BT) has put on his cape in the second half several times this year, scoring double figures in the final 20 minutes 10 times, including five of the last eight.
• First 30 points and 38 of 41 over the three games at the A-Sun Tournament came in the second half, going 12-of-23 from the floor and 10-of-12 at the free throw line en route to 12.7 points.
• Averaging 10.6 points in the second half the last eight games.
• Scores 7.9 of his 14.0 points in the second half.
• Has 39 percent (55 of 142) of the team’s steals in the second half.

Thanks to his last two seasons under head coach ANDY ENFIELD, senior SHERWOOD BROWN has become the first player in program history to accumulate 1,000 points and 500 rebounds. There are three other active players in the A-Sun who have accomplished the feat: Torrey Craig (USC Upstate), Markeith Cummings (Kennesaw State) and Andy Diaz (UNF). He is currently second all-time in both points and rebounds, sitting four caroms short of Adam Liddell’s record of 570. Below is a comparison of Brown’s first two seasons to his last two.