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EDITORIAL: Men’s basketball needs to move to a stronger conference

Due to the recent and sustained success of the men’s basketball team, it is time to ask us, has FGCU outgrown the Atlantic Sun Conference? The basketball team’s success started with a bang in 2013, with its first 20-win season in division I history, capping the year with a magical run to the sweet 16. Since then, FGCU has had five straight 20-win seasons, reaching the NCAA tournament in three of the last five years. The support of the program has grown every year, with attendance to games doubling since 2012. The only dark cloud dangling over the head...

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Coach Dooley and Goodwin earn postseason recognition

FGCU men’s basketball player Brandon Goodwin has been named to the NABC District 3 First Team along with coach Joe Dooley, who has been selected as the District 3 Coach of the Year. District 3 includes all players and coaches from the ASUN and Big South conferences, and was voted on by coaches of the NABC. Goodwin is the fourth player in program history to receive All-District First Team honors. Marc-Eddy Norelia earned this honor during the 2016 season. Dooley is the first coach in program history to be named an All-District Coach. “Brandon had one of the best,...

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Courtney ‘C.J.’ Williamsonbey released from men’s basketball team

After being suspended by the FGCU men’s basketball team following his arrest and charges of burglary of conveyance and grand theft, Courtney “C.J.” Williamsonbey has been dismissed from the men’s basketball team and is no longer enrolled at FGCU. FGCU spokesperson, Susan Evans, quoted Federal law in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act in an email regarding Williamsonbey before explaining his status. “Mr. Williamsonbey is no longer enrolled at FGCU and thus is no longer a member of the men’s basketball team,” Evans said. Arrested along with Jordan Burkes on Feb. 9, Burkes and Williamsonbey were seen on...

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FGCU women’s basketball falls to Miami in the first round of the NCAA Tournament

After making an NCAA tournament appearance for the fourth time in six years, the No. 14 FGCU women’s basketball team fell to No. 3 Miami 62-60 in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Coral Gables. Trailing by as many as 13 points, Taylor Gradinjan shook off a poor shooting performance, knocking down a corner three to tie the game at 60 with 8.6 left seconds left. Following Gradinjan’s triple, Keyona Hayes hit a layup to give the Hurricanes a two-point lead leaving 1.8 seconds on the clock. Driving at Gradinjan and knocking her over before making the...

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Preview: Women’s basketball vs. Miami in first round of NCAA Tournament

On the eve of winning its fourth ASUN Tournament Championship, the FGCU women’s basketball team earned a 13 seed and will take on No. 4 Miami in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament in Coral Gables on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Watsco Center. “We’re excited that we are playing so close to Fort Myers,” FGCU head coach Karl Smesko said. “It makes it really convenient for our fans to get over there and support us and we are excited about the opportunity of playing a really great team in the NCAA tournament.” Making its fourth NCAA...

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FGCU men’s basketball falls to FSU in first round of NCAA tournament

Making its third appearance in the NCAA tournament in five years, the No. 14 FGCU men’s basketball team fell to No. 3 FSU 86-80 in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament at the Amway Center in Orlando. Cutting the Seminoles lead to just five twice in the final minute of the game, the Eagles were unable to overcome time and complete their late comeback. “Obviously we’re disappointed that we lost,” FGCU head coach Joe Dooley said. “I don’t think it diminishes the year we had. We’re proud of our guys. We had a heck of a year. Disappointing,...

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Places to watch the FGCU men’s basketball first round NCAA game

If you were unable to make it to Orlando to watch the FGCU men’s basketball team in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against No. 3 FSU, there are several watch parties in the Southwest Florida area. Tonight’s matchup against the Seminoles will be aired live on TNT at 9:20 p.m. Here are five places to watch the Eagles tonight. GameTime Fort Myers Gulf Coast Town Center, 10037 Gulf Center Dr., Fort Myers, FL 33913 GameTime will have special FGCU inspired #DrinkSpecials like the Screaming Eagle, Eagle Eye and Sharpshooter from only $5.99. At 7:00 p.m.,  they are...

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Editorial: FGCU men’s basketball ready to create new legacy at 2017 NCAA Tournament

We’ve all heard the name “Dunk City” before. Ever since the FGCU men’s basketball team’s infamous Sweet 16 run in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, Dunk City has been FGCU’s given identity. All around FGCU, there are people wearing shirts with Dunk City printed on the front, and if you go to a basketball game, you’re sure to hear about Dunk City becoming the first No. 15 seed to make it to the Sweet 16. If you’re on social media and come across articles or posts about FGCU, you’ll probably see the posts talking about the FGCU team that made...

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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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