Fans can log on and vote for FGCU to win the “Best Upset” award
DUNK CITY, Fla. – The first-ever No. 15 seed in NCAA Tournament history to advance to the Sweet 16, the FGCU men’s basketball team’s second round upset of No. 2 seed Georgetown landed it as one of four nominees for the “Best Upset” at The 2013 ESPYS (@ESPYS), announced on Thursday afternoon.
Fans can log on to www.ESPYS.com and vote until the start of the show on Wednesday, July 17th at 9 p.m. The ESPYs will be hosted by Jon Hamm at the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles show live on ESPN.
FGCU is encouraging to fans to tweet @ESPYS and to mention “The ESPYS” within the tweet along with @FGCU_MBB and #DunkCity so the status updates will be connected to the show.
Making its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament in just its second year of Division I postseason eligibility, FGCU captured the hearts of the nation with a 21-2 second half run and numerous high-flying dunks that eventually led to a 78-68 win over the second-seeded Hoyas and the birth of Dunk City. The Eagles were just the seventh No. 15 seed to ever win a game in the NCAA Tournament, as senior Sherwood Brown (Orlando, Fla./Olympia HS) poured in a game-high 24 points followed by 23 points by sophomore Bernard Thompson (Conyers, Ga./Rockdale County HS) and a double-double of 12 points and 10 assists by sophomore Brett Comer (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park HS).
The win over Georgetown wasn’t enough for FGCU, as it became the first No. 15 seed in NCAA history to advance to the Sweet 16 and the first team since the 1987 Florida squad to win its first two tournament games. The Eagles followed their second round performance with an 81-71 win over No. 7 seed San Diego State in the third round to earn a trip Dallas Cowboys Stadium for the South Region semifinals.
FGCU capped its season with a program D1 record 26 wins (26-11), winning 14 of its last 17 games, while finishing with a No. 25 ranking in the final USA Today/Coaches Poll.