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Preview: Men’s basketball vs. FSU in first round of NCAA Tournament

Filmed and edited by Katie Hopkins. Earning the program’s highest seed in an NCAA tournament heading into the big dance, the No. 14 FGCU men’s basketball team takes on No. 3 FSU in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament at Amway Center in Orlando on Thursday at 9:20 p.m. “The guys have worked hard and we’ve gotten better as the year went along,” FGCU head coach Joe Dooley said. “We’ve won 18 of 20 of our last games. We’ve gotten better as the season went on especially defensively and that’s what you’re building this time of year.” Tied...

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FGCU women’s basketball punches its ticket to the NCAA tournament

Avenging its regular-season finale loss to Stetson that gave the Hatters the ASUN regular-season crown, the No.2 FGCU women’s basketball team defeated No.1 Stetson 77-70 to claim the ASUN Women’s Basketball Championship crown. Despite the Hatters shooting 11-16 from long range in a game that saw nine lead changes, the Eagles rode a strong performance from China Dow to outlast Stetson and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. With the men taking on FSU in the first round of the NCAA tournament on March 16, this is the first time in FGCU history that the men’s and...

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FGCU softball goes 3-0 in midweek matchups against Holy Cross and Ball State

Following a 2-2 outing at the UCF Spring Fling Tournament, the FGCU softball team defeated Holy Cross, 12-9, and Ball State, 3-1, on Tuesday before defeating Holy Cross, 3-0, on Wednesday to move to 13-9 on the season. Playing a double header against Holy Cross and Ball State on Tuesday, March 7 the Eagles scored a combined 15 runs behind a five RBI game from Erica Ward in game one and a 2-2 performance at the plate by Morgan Sunderland in game two. “We had a slugfest in game one and a pitchers duel in the second one,” FGCU...

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FGCU women’s tennis defeats Xavier

Following a two week break from competition, the FGCU women’s tennis team defeated Xavier 6-1 to move to 4-0 at the FGCU Tennis Complex this season. Gaining momentum heading into singles play winning all three doubles matches, the Eagles took five of six singles matches to secure their victory over the Musketeers. “The girls competed well today,” FGCU head coach Courtney Vernon said to FGCU Athletics in a press release. “They are learning to trust themselves and our plan as a team. We look forward to getting back out there Friday and competing against Troy.” Following a three game...

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FGCU women’s basketball defeats JU to advance to ASUN Women’s Basketball Championship Final

With a spot in the ASUN Women’s Basketball Championship Final on the line, the No. 2 FGCU women’s basketball team defeated No. 3 JU 68-64 to advance to its sixth consecutive ASUN Championship Final. Since the ASUN changed where Championship games are played to higher-seed hosts four years ago, the Eagles will now travel to Deland to take on No. 1 Stetson following the Hatters 78-48 victory over No. 5 Kennesaw State. This is the first time the team will play a Championship Final away from home. “We understand that Stetson earned the right to host this thing (ASUN...

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Preview: FGCU women’s basketball vs JU ASUN Women’s Championship

With a spot in the ASUN Women’s Basketball Championship Final on the line, the No.2 FGCU women’s basketball team takes on No.3 JU on Wednesday, March 8 at 7 p.m. at Alico Arena. After shaking off a dismal first-half performance against UNF to defeat the Ospreys 59-42, the Eagles welcome a Dolphins’ side that defeated No.6 Lipscomb 91-64. After JU defeated FGCU in the ASUN Women’s Basketball Championship Final last season, the Eagles and Dolphins split the season series 1-1. Avenging its Championship loss in their first matchup, FGCU defeated JU 60-57 at Alico Arena. Facing off again a...

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FGCU men’s basketball takes ASUN Men’s Basketball Championship Final

(Filmed and edited by Matt Ricci) With an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament and the ASUN Men’s Basketball Championship crown on the line, the FGCU men’s basketball team defeated UNF 77-61 to book its second consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament. “I’m happy for our guys,” FGCU head coach Joe Dooley said. “We struggled a little tight in the first half and sort of figured it out at halftime and made some plays. It’s a really big deal for our program to be able to play in the NCAA tournament again.” Heading to the NCAA tournament for the...

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Preview: FGCU men’s basketball vs. UNF in ASUN Final

With a spot in the NCAA tournament on the line, the No.1 FGCU men’s basketball team will take on No.3 UNF in the ASUN Men’s Basketball Championship Final on Sunday, March 5 at 3 p.m. at Alico Arena. With a 74-62 victory over Kennesaw State on Thursday, the Eagles rode a combined 42 points from Brandon Goodwin and Demetris Morant to make it to their fifth ASUN Men’s Basketball Championship Final in six years. With the biggest upset of the tournament thus far, the Ospreys drained a season-high 16 threes to defeat No.2 Lipscomb 91-85 in Nashville on Thursday....

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FGCU women’s basketball shakes off poor first half to advance to the ASUN Semifinal

Coming off of their overtime loss to Stetson in the regular-season finale, the No.2 FGCU women’s basketball team shook off a poor first half to defeat No.5 UNF 59-42. “Obviously this was a game where we had to rely on our defense because offensively, we had a really bad first half,” FGCU head coach Karl Smesko said. “We didn’t shoot it well. We didn’t work together well to create opportunities, so we understand that we’re going to have to play better offensively if we’re going to get past this next round. But the second half was much better. People started...

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