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March 22, 2013

FGC executes, sends Hoyas home

March 22, 2013 - A 2nd seed in the NCAA tournament, Georgetown fell to Florida Gulf Coast tonight 54-46, during NCAA Tournament second round action. Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center turned squarely against the Hoyas, who have now dropped three consecutive early round tournament games, in as many years.

Dooming the Hoyas this time around was a 19-2, second half Eagle run, helping produce a 52-33 advantage with just over twelve and a half minutes to go.

Florida Gulf Coast (25-10), was led in scoring by guard Sherwood Brown's 24 points; he also paced the Eagles with nine rebounds. Backcourt mate Bernard Thompson followed closely with 23 points and seven boards.

While both had standout performances, it was point guard Brett Comer who orchestrated the win, finding teammates repeatedly for easy scores. His 10 assists, 12 points and six rebounds were huge.

Georgetown battled back to within four points with 52 seconds remaining, largely via strategic fouling and the shooting of guard Markel Starks; over the course of about 30 seconds, Starks eight points, including two three balls. For the game, he finished with 23 points and six dimes.

"I got a little nervous when those two threes went in" commented Gulf Coast's coach, Andy Enfield, who also congratulated Starks on those shots.

While Starks played well, forward Otto Porter did not, finishing with a respectable 13 points and 11 rebounds, though he shot 5-17 and canned one of his two foul shots. Throughout he never looked comfortable, missing easy shots and seeming out of synch.

Guard Jabril Trawick joined Starks and Porter in double figure scoring with 11 points, while also adding six rebounds. Backcourt guy Aaron Bowen logged eight points and five boards for Georgetown, whose season has finished at 25-7.

Up a pair of points at intermission, Enfield then declared to his team "We are going push the ball on makes and misses", amongst other things. In sum the Eagles "wanted to play our game in the second half".

His players were confident at that point, as Brown said "I really felt we had them right where we wanted them at halftime, being up by two". Thompson took it further, noting "The whole game really", since "They couldn't really match our energy".

Surely Enfield mentioned Georgetown's tourney struggles to his team, in an attempt to gain an edge: "I'm not big on the past, this Georgetown team is a top 10 team in the county…it's this team against that team…I didn't mention that at all. I said this is the game plan, let's go execute".

The Hoyas did not, and must wait until next season to solve their Big Dance problems. Despite the crushing setback, head coach John Thompson III shared he told the team "No matter what they are going to read, what they are going to see, and hear, I'm proud of them".

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