— ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Florida Gulf Coast had already captured the attention of a nation, the No. 15 seed that busted brackets and brought a high-flying act from "Dunk City" to the NCAA tournament.
So when the journey ended with a 62-50 loss to that bigger school from Florida just before midnight Friday, the Eagles had still left their mark on March.
"We made history," point guard Brett Comer said. "We did something nobody in the nation thought we could do."
For a few minutes at least in its last game, the first No. 15 seed to make it to the NCAA round of 16 looked as if it might even go further.
The Eagles were hitting 3-pointers, had a highlight alley-oop and made a behind-the-back pass in an early 11-0 run that put them ahead of Florida, the No. 3 seed getting an all-too-close look at what everybody has enjoyed watching.
But Michael Frazier's only two baskets of the night were a pair of 3-pointers that got the Gators on their own run.
"When they started their run, we didn't have the energy we had in the other two games," Chase Fieler said. "We weren't playing with the same fire we were before."
Frazier's 3-pointers came from the left side, directly in front of the FGCU bench, and started a 16-0 run late in the first half.
Once Frazier hit his shots, things just rolled downhill for the Eagles (26-11), whose program is so new they were only in their second season of eligibility for the tournament. The baskets started a 4½-minute span when the Eagles couldn't even get off a shot. They missed their only field goal attempt while turning the ball over four times in that stretch.