DUNK CITY, Fla. – Attention #DunkCity fans! The @FGCU_MBB twitter account has been hacked! Ok, don’t panic. Senior-to-be Chase Fieler (@Fieler20) and junior-to-be Brett Comer (@BrettComer0) have taken over the team’s twitter account during their trip to the 2013 ESPYS and will be keeping fans updated with information over the two-day trip during the team’s quest to win the “Best Upset” award.
Considered the mayor of #DunkCity after finishing with the year with 59 slams, Fieler will control the @FGCU_MBB account during the trip to Los Angeles and, fittingly, will be assisted by Comer, who happened to pass out 66 helpers on FGCU’s 148 dunks in 2012-13. The duo combined for the polarizing alley-oop with less than two minutes to play in the team’s 78-68 NCAA Tournament second round win over No. 2 Georgetown that unveiled the best kept secret in college basketball and created #DunkCity.
The first-ever No. 15 seed in NCAA Tournament history to advance to the Sweet 16, FGCU’s upset of Georgetown landed it as one of four nominees for the “Best Upset” at The 2013 ESPYS (@ESPYS).
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.
Joining Fieler and Comer from the 2012-13 squad will be graduating seniors Sherwood Brown (@badnews_woody) and Eddie Murray (@fgcubball23) and juniors-to-be Bernard Thompson (@ihoop_02) and Eric McKnight (@mckflight12). All the players will be tweeting from their own accountings, giving fans an inside look at getting ready for the event, who they meet, the walk down the red carpet and in-event photos.
FGCU is encouraging to fans to tweet @ESPYS and to mention “The ESPYS” within the tweet along with #DunkCityESPYS so the status updates will be connected to the show and posted on www.FGCUATHLETICS.com. The players will also be dishing out photos on instagram @FGCU_MBB in connection with twitter. FGCU would also like fans to tweet @FGCU_MBB pictures of them wearing their FGCU gear while watching the ESPYS! Three random fans who tweet pictures to @FGCU_MBB will win an exclusive #DunkCity t-shirt.
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 Brown poured in a game-high 24 points followed by 23 points by Thompson and a double-double of 12 points and 10 assists by Comer.
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.