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March 30, 2013

FGCU's NCAA runs ends 62-50 to Florida

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"Stepping into a situation like this where you have everybody against us, we've got to block everything out. Just treat this like a road game," said Mike Rosario, who led the Gators with 15 points.

Scottie Wilbekin added 13 points for Florida and Casey Prather had 11.

Brown led FGCU with 14 points, and Fieler had 12.

Fieler started the Eagles' big run, the only one they'd have, with a 3-pointer from the top of the key before a few plays of the sort that earned them their "Dunk City" moniker.

After 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.

But after Frazier's second 3, Enfield angrily called timeout. That didn't stop the Gators' surge.

Rosario knocked away a pass inside to Eric McKnight, sending the break the other way. Prather grabbed an offensive rebound, and with his back to the basket, basically flipped the ball over his head — and it went in.

The Eagles had 12 turnovers in the first half — one less than they had in each of their first two NCAA tourney games. They had taken half as many shots as Florida (32-16) at the break.

Florida then scored the first seven points of the second half, and the Eagles never really threated again.

"It's sad we lost tonight, but it was a great ride," Eagles post player Eddie Murray said. "It hurts right now but when you step back and look at it, it's all been amazing. I think people really enjoyed watching us play."

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