@FGCU_MBB Looks to Become First No. 15 to Advance to Sweet Sixteen vs. SDSU
Sunday, March 24, 2013 | by Patrick Pierson (@Pierson_SID)
Brown had 24 points and nine rebounds in Friday's win over Georgetown. (Photo by Mitchell Leff)
Brown had 24 points and nine rebounds in Friday's win over Georgetown. (Photo by Mitchell Leff)
Florida Gulf Coast (26-10)
San Diego State (23-11)
3/24/2013 | Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pa. | Attendance: 0
Florida Gulf Coast344781
San Diego State353671
Stats at a GlanceFGCUSDS
FG Percentage.559 (33-59) .443 (27-61)
3P FG Percentage.389 (7-18) .348 (8-23)
FT Percentage.667 (8-12) .692 (9-13)
Offensive Rebounds914
Defensive Rebounds2220
Total Rebounds3134
Bench Points1114
Statistical LeadersFGCUSDS
PointsTHOMPSON - 23
ReboundsBROWN - 8
AssistsCOMER - 14
StealsTHOMPSON - 5
BlocksMCKNIGHT - 4

#15 FGCU (25-10) vs. #7 San Diego State (23-10)
Round: NCAA Tournament Third Round (South Region)
Date | Time: Sunday, March 24, 2013 | 7:10 P.M.
City | Site: Philadelphia, Pa. | Wells Fargo Center (20,318)
Talent: Kevin Harlan, Len Elmore & Reggie Miller
National Radio: Sirius/XM Radio & Dial Global
Talent: Scott Graham & John Thompson
Local Radio: SWFL ESPN Radio
Talent: David Moulton
Live Stats: www.NCAA.com
Twitter: @FGCU_MBB | @Pierson_SID | @MarchMadness
Hashtags: #WeAreFGCU | #ASUNMBB | #FGCUvsSDSU
Current Streak: W6
Last 10: 8-2
Vs. San Diego State: First Meeting
With A Win: NCAA Sweet Sixteen
Winner of #3 Florida vs. #11 Minnesota

FGCU will look to become the first No. 15 seed in NCAA Tournament history to advance to the Sweet Sixteen on Sunday night when it takes on No. 7 seed San Diego State in a third round South Region showdown in Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center at 7:10 p.m. on TBS. Behind a 21-2 run in the second half, the Eagles became just the seventh No. 15 seed (7-109) to win a game in the NCAA Tournament with their 78-68 triumph over No. 2 seed Georgetown. FGCU has won 13 of its last 15 games and its six-game win streak is tied for sixth-best in the nation.

#0 Brett Comer (G)
• Went for 12 points and 10 assists in win over Georgetown.
• A-Sun Tournament MVP - 21 points in championship game.
• A-Sun leader and 17th in the nation in assists per game (6.4).
• 223 assists are good for fifth in A-Sun single-season history.
• Assisted on 59 of the team’s 139 dunks.
#2 Bernard Thompson (G)
• A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year.
• Second in the nation in total steals (97) & fourth per game (2.77).
• Program record 97 steals are second-most in A-Sun history.
• Ranks 10th in the A-Sun in scoring (14.3 ppg).
• All six 20-point games have come away from home; 23 vs. GTown.
#25 Sherwood Brown (G)
• Had eighth 20-point game of the year vs. Georgetown (24 pts).
• 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 (15.5/7th) & rebounding (6.5/8th).
• FGCU is 13-3 when he leads in scoring.
#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 58 dunks.
• Led the team in scoring 11 times after just twice in first two years.
• Reached double figures in 27 games, including nine in a row.
#12 Eric McKnight (F)
• Fourth in the A-Sun in total blocks (42) and fifth per (1.2).
• Averaging 6.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in 20.5 minutes per game.
• Second on the team with 33 dunks.
• 42 blocks are third in FGCU single-season history.
• Boasts a team-leading 60.9 field goal percentage.

• A-Sun leader with 25 wins; a program D1 record.
• Won the A-Sun Tournament in just its second year of Division I postseason eligibility.
• Became just the seventh No. 15 seed to win a game in the NCAA Tournament.
• Snapped an 11-game A-Sun losing streak at the NCAA Tournament.
• Haven’t trailed in the second half in all four postseason games at the A-Sun Tournament and NCAA Tournament.
• Averaging 77.8 points in the four postseason games, including 49.0 in the second half where it hasn’t been held below 44 points.
• Improved to 5-1 all-time at the A-Sun Tournament, advancing to the championship game both years.
• 40 wins under head coach ANDY ENFIELD in the last two seasons compared to 39 in the previous four campaigns.
• Won 13 of last 15 games and six straight - 6th-longest streak.
• Haven’t trailed at the half in the last 21 games.
• A-Sun leader and 16th in the nation in steals (8.9), FGCU has double figure steals in 17 games (14-3) on the year.
• Haven’t allowed more than 30 points in 13 of the last 22 halves.
• Haven’t trailed in nine games on the year.
• A-Sun leader in scoring (73.3), FGCU has scored 70+ points in 24 games - 17 of last 21 - and is 7-0 when scoring 80 points.
• Held a double-digit lead in 18 of the last 22 games and 26 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 139 dunks on the season.
• 14-2 when throwing down 5+ dunks ... been held without a dunk in just two games.
• At least three players have reached double figures in 28 of the last 30 games, highlighted by five in six contests (6-0).
• 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: 40-27 (2nd Season)
Overall Record: Same
A-Sun Record: 21-15 (2nd Season)

Head Coach: Steve Fisher (Illinois State ‘67)
Record at SDSU: 281-170 (14th Season)
Overall Record: 465-252 (22nd Season)
Mountain West Record: 113-97 (14th Season)

FGCU’s 40 wins the last two seasons under coach Enfield are one more than the previous four seasons total. Known for his up-tempo style, Enfield’s offensive wisdom has led to 41 games (out of 67) 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_MBB Runs Past Georgetown in Second Round
• Became just the 7th No. 15 seed to win a game in the NCAA Tournament (7-109).
• First A-Sun team to win an NCAA Tournament game since 2001, snapping an 11-game win streak.
• Became the fifth straight double figure seed to eliminate Georgetown.
• Head coach ANDY ENFIELD is 7-2 in March and 6-1 in the A-Sun and NCAA Tournament combined.
• Never trailed in the second half for the fourth straight game.
• 21-2 second half run built the lead to as large as 19.
• Scored 78 points, including 54 in the second half, against Georgetown, which was the most given up by the Hoyas this season.
• Last two games have come against teams (Mercer & Georgetown) in the the top 10 in scoring defense at the time of the game, in which FGCU has averaged 83 points.
• Five dunks marked the 16th time (14-2) this season FGCU has had 5+ throwdowns in a game.
• 13 turnovers marked the 12th time in the last 15 games in which FGCU has committed 13 or less miscues.
• Made 30-of-44 from the free throw line, both the makes and attempts were a season-high.

• Senior SHERWOOD BROWN and sophomore BERNARD THOMPSON reached double figures in the same game for the 25th time this season and the 20-point plateau together for the second time ... 12th time duo has been the top two scorers.
• Brown and Thompson’s combined 47 points were a season-best and just 8.7 off the season average given up by the the Hoyas.
• Brown led the team in points (24) and rebounds (9) in the same game for the sixth time this season.
• Brown’s 24 points were his eighth 20-point game of the year.
• Brown has reached double figures a team-best 30 times.
• Brown became the program’s all-time leading rebounder with 575.
• All six of Thompson’s 20-point games have come away from home.
• Thompson reached double figures in each half, bringing his season first half total to six and second half total to 11.
• Thompson’s one steal extended his streak to 16 games and moved him into a tie for second in the A-Sun single-season record book (97.)
• Brown, Thompson and junior CHASE FIELER combined for 50+ points for the seventh time this year (6-1).
• Fieler’s three dunks brought his season total to 58.
• Fieler’s three blocks moved him must four away from the program single-season record (51).
• Sophomore BRETT COMER’S 12 points and 10 assists were good for his first double-double of the season and third of his career.
• Comer’s 10 helpers marked his sixth double figure assist game of the season and 10th of his career - A-Sun active leader.
• 8 of Comer’s 10 assists game in the second half.
• Senior EDDIE MURRAY played a season-high 31 minutes, scoring seven of nine points in the second half including two dunks to bring his season total to 18.

#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.

• Fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
• In the midst of the eighth consecutive 20-win season, SDSU holds a 23-10 overall record.
• Fifth consecutive season the Aztecs have won at least 23 games.
• No. 7 seed SDSU defeated No. 10 seed Oklahoma, 70-55, to advance to the round of 32.
• Counting Friday’s contest against No. 10 seed Oklahoma, the Aztecs have played 14 games against the tournament field this season and sit at 6-8 in those competitions.
• The victory over Oklahoma was the third-ever Division I NCAA tournament victory for SDSU, as it improves to 3-8 in nine appearances.
• San Diego State overcame a nine-point deficit to defeat the Sooners, which is the largest deficit overcome in a victory this season by the Aztecs.
• SDSU advances past its opening-round NCAA game for just the second time in Division I school history (2011).
• The Aztecs are 3-2 in the NCAA tournament when owning a higher seed than their opponent.
• Led by Mountain West Player of the Year Jamaal Franklin, averaging team-highs of 16.9 points, 9.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists.
• Recording 21 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals in the win over No. 10 seed OU, Franklin scored in double figures for the 30th time in 32 games this season and for the 60th time in his career.
• Franklin also led the team in scoring for the 21st time this season and the 37th time in his career.
• Chase Tapley also averages double figures (13.4), while adding 3.2 boards per contest.
• The Aztecs finished the season with a 9-7 conference record to finish fourth in the Mountain West standings.
• Head coach Steve Fisher has led his teams to 12 NCAA Tournaments (Michigan 7, SDSU 5) and is a two-time National Coach of the Year.

Breakdown of FGCU’s individual dunk leaders ... the Eagles have 139 dunks.

58 - Chase Fieler
33 - Eric McKnight
18 - Eddie Murray
12 - Bernard Thompson
11 - Sherwood Brown
6 - Leonard Livingston
1 - Brett Comer

Most Dunks (Team)
9 vs. Southeastern (Dec. 18)
8 vs. Toledo (Nov. 22)
Most Dunks (Player)
5 - Fieler vs. Southeastern (Dec. 18)
Most Dunks in 1st Half (Team)
4 vs. Miami (Nov. 13) & FIU (Dec. 13)
Most Dunks in a 1st Half (Player)
3 - Fieler - twice
Most Dunks in 2nd Half (Team)
6, 2x, last at NKU (Feb. 14)
Most Dunks in a 2nd Half (Player)
4 - Fieler at NKU (Feb. 14)
Most Assists on Dunks
59 - Brett Comer
Most Assists on Dunks in a Game
5 - Comer vs. Miami (Nov. 13)
Record When ...
Held Without a Dunk: 0-2
5+ Dunks: 11-2
7+ Dunks: 3-0

Out of the 13 Division I schools in the state of Florida, the Eagles (25-10) trail only No. 5 Miami (28-6) and No. 14 Florida (27-7) for the most wins. FGCU is 9-1 against Division I teams from Florida, including one of Miami’s six losses.

(Records through Mar. 22)
Miami: 28-6
Florida: 27-7
FGCU: 25-10
UCF: 20-11
Nine schools: 18 wins or fewer

FGCU leads the A-Sun in scoring at 73.3 points per game thanks to being one of three teams to have three or more players average double figures. Senior SHERWOOD BROWN (15.4), sophomore BERNARD THOMPSON (14.3) and junior CHASE FIELER (12.1) 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.
• Bested a season-high with a combined 56 points in the win over Georgetown in the NCAA second round.
• Trio has reached double figures in the same game 16 times, including 7 of the last 12.
• Account for 17 of the team’s 19 20-point games.
• Have a combined 85 double figure performances out of a possible 105 and one of the three has led the team in scoring in all but two games.
• FGCU is 6-1 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 30 contests, including eight 20-point outings.
• One of three players in the A-Sun in the top 10 in scoring (15.4/7th) and rebounding (6.5/8th).
• First player in program history and fourth current A-Sun player to reach 1,000 points and 500 rebounds.
• All-time program leader with 574 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 13-3 when Brown leads in scoring.
• Led the team in scoring in 16 games, rebounding on 14 occassions, including both in the same game six 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 97 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 97.
• Leads the A-Sun and ranks fourth in the nation in steals per game (2.9).
• 97 steals are the second-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 62 of 67 career games, including 46 multi-steal performances.
• Reached 100 career steals in 46th game at Kennesaw State.
• His 97 steals have led directly to 129 FGCU points (3.7 per game), including 52 of his own.
• Currently has a steal in 16 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 58 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 (12.1) and second in rebounding (5.5) - figures that rank 17th and 12th in the A-Sun.
• Reached double figures 27 times after doing so just 15 times during his freshman and sophomore campaigns.
• Scored in double figures in 15 of 18 A-Sun games.
• Second in the A-Sun in blocks at 1.3 per game.
• Team leader with 78 offensive rebounds and eighth in the A-Sun at 2.2 per game.
• Has an offensive rebound in 33 of 35 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 (6.4).
• Seeking to become the fourth player in A-Sun history to lead the league in assists two straight years.
• A-Sun leader with six double-digit assist performances.
• A-Sun active leader with 10 career double-digit assist games.
• 223 assists are fifth in A-Sun single-season history.
• Ranks fifth in the A-Sun in assist/turnover ratio (+1.8).
• Second all-time in FGCU history with 401 assists.
• Third in the A-Sun in steals per game (1.5).
• Has an assist on 59 of the team’s 139 dunks.
• Has led the team in assists 63 of 67 career games.
• Scored in double figures 13 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. He recorded his first double-double of the season against Georgetown with 12 points and 10 assists.

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 8.9 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 97 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 67 games under Enfield, FGCU has 589 steals.
• In the last nine wins, teams are averaging 57.2 points.
• Over the last 11 games, FGCU has given up more than 30 points in a half just nine times.