10:38 PM ET, March 29, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Florida Gulf Coast put on one last show at the NCAA tournament.The high-flying kids from "Dunk City" -- the No. 15 seed few people even knew of on Selection Sunday -- were hitting 3-pointers, had a highlight alley-oop and seemed like they were just getting started against one of the big schools from Florida.SEC regular-season champion Florida, the No. 3 seed, was getting an all-too-close look at what everybody has enjoyed watching this March. But Michael Frazier's only two baskets of the night got the Gators on their own run, and FGCU's improbable NCAA tourney run to the round of 16 came to an end just before midnight Friday.
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MVP: Gators guard Mike Rosario finished with 15 points, five rebounds and two steals.
X factor: Florida advanced with defense. Not only did the bigger, longer Gators out-rebound FGCU on the offensive boards (13-5), they forced the Eagles into 20 turnovers.
That was fun while it lasted. FGCU made a bunch of shots and got out to a 24-14 lead. But the Gators used their bigger lineup to outscore the 15th seed 16-2 over the final five minutes in the first half to take a 30-26 lead into halftime. Florida then scored the first seven points of the second half en route to a double-figures cushion. The confident Eagles cut their deficit to seven points with 3:11 left, but they never got closer, sinking Dunk City's hopes of advancing to the Elite Eight.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||20-44 (.455)||22-57 (.386)|
|3P Made-Attempted||4-11 (.364)||4-15 (.267)|
|FT Made-Attempted||6-11 (.545)||14-23 (.609)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||20 (0/0)||11 (0/0)|
|» Mar 29, 2013||@FLA 62, FGCU 50||Recap|
Florida outscored Florida Gulf Coast 16-2 over the final 5:10 of the first half to take a 30-26 halftime lead. Florida shot 60.0 (6-for-10) percent from the field during this stretch, after shooting just 21.7 (5-for-22) percent and scoring 14 points in the opening 14:50 of the first half.[+]
Final 5:10 of 1st Half
Florida scored 16 points off 20 Florida Gulf Coast turnovers in its win Friday, including 10 points off nine Brett Comer turnovers. In the Eagles' first two tournament games, Comer turned it over a combined five times, which led to two opponent points.
Florida Gulf Coast scored 14 transition points in its loss to Florida Friday, including six in the second half. In their first two tournament games, the Eagles averaged 23.5 transition points per game, including 17.0 in the second half. After making all four of its shots in transition in the first half Thursday, Florida Gulf Coast shot 3-for-6 in the second half.[+]
Florida Gulf Coast Transition Offense
Brett Comer turned the ball over nine times on Friday. Since turnovers became official in 1993, only four players have turned the ball over more in an NCAA Tournament game.
In its two wins in the NCAA Tournament, Florida Gulf Coast turned the ball over 13 times in each game. In the first half against Florida, the Eagles have turned the ball over 12 times.
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