One conference tourney is in the books and already we have history. Florida Gulf Coast, who just became eligible for their conference tournament last year, sealed the first bid to the Dance behind a strong performance from sophomore point guard Brett Comer in a 88-75 win over the No. 1 seeded Mercer Bears on Mercer's home court. It is FGCU's first ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Comer matched his season high with 21 points and added 5 assists and 3 steals.
The Atlantic Sun Player of the Year - FGCU's Sherwood Brown - had his 5th double-double of the year with 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Chase Fieler added 15 points. It was a 2-pt Eagles lead at the half, and they used a 14-3 run midway through the 2nd half to take control.
The Eagles are coached by Andy Enfield, in just his second season as a head coach. Prior to his arrival the Eagles hadn't had a winning record in any of their four previous Division I seasons. Earlier this year FGCU knocked off Miami, and now they're dancing.
We only have 67 teams to go.
@runthefloor Who ever thought Comer would play just as many Tournament games as his Winter Park teammate Austin Rivers?— Bennett Sipple (@BennettSipple) March 9, 2013