After Brett Comer stole a pass, he ran down the court and threw up an alley-oop pass for the trailing Brown, who delivered a slam that sent the announced crowd of more than 40,000 into a frenzy – except for those in Gator orange.
Comer then flipped another backward pass to Bernard Thompson for a 3-pointer. Then Fieler had another 3-pointer – less than 3 minutes after the first one – for a 15-4 lead only six minutes into the game.
Could the first No. 15 seed to make it into the round of 16 actually go further?
Not against Florida, the team that had been here so many times before. The FGCU run came too early, leaving the Gators plenty of time to recover.
After Frazier's second 3, Enfield angrily called timeout. But that didn't stop the Gators surge.
Rosario knocked away a pass inside to Eric McKnight, sending the break the other way. Casey Prather grabbed an offensive rebound, and with his back to the basket, basically flipped the ball over his head – and it went in.
McKnight missed two free throws after that, and Wilbekin penetrated for a short jumper to tie the game at 24. Rosario hit a go-ahead 3-pointer after a steal by Will Yeguete.
Eddie Murray had a steal for Florida Gulf Coast, but Patric Young took it right back and got it to Boynton. He made the layup while being fouled, and added the free throw for a 30-24 lead.
The Eagles has 12 turnovers in the first half – one less than they had in each of their first two NCAA tourney games. They had taken only half as many shots (32-16) as Florida at the break.
There was still 10 minutes left on the halftime clock when FGCU returned to the court, and players started taking shots even as their mascot was on the court doing a halftime routine.
But Florida scored the first seven points of the second half. Boynton drove for a layup and was fouled before making the free throw. Rosario then drove for a shot off the glass and after another FGCU turnover had a floater that rattled in before Enfield called timeout with his team suddenly down 37-26.
But they never threatened and soon their NCAA run was over.