"We'll play anyone, anywhere, at any time," he added later.

Clearly, that work paid off when it mattered most.

FGCU will play No. 7 San Diego State in the third round on Sunday.

NOTES: FGCU hasn't trailed at the half for 21 consecutive games, a streak that dates back to Dec. 31, when they trailed 36-35 to Kennesaw State ... Brown is the first player in FGCU history with 1,000 points and 500 rebounds. ... The Hoyas entered the game as the fourth-best defensive team in the country, allowing only 0.84 points per possession according to KenPom. ... The win is the first for an Atlantic Sun team since Georgia State beat Wisconsin in 2001, and just the third win for the conference in NCAA Tournament play since 1981.