Florida Gulf Coast defeated Stetson in a hard-fought overtime game to win the Atlantic Sun Tournament and punch its second ever ticket to the NCAA Tournament. Antravious Simmons led the Eagles with 21 points in an 80-78 win in which Stetson (12-20, 4-10 A-Sun) nearly pulled off the upset despite being ineligible for this year’s tournament due to academic standards issues.
As a result of the win, FGCU will return to the big dance, where it made it as far as the Sweet Sixteen in 2013, and A-Sun regular season champion North Florida will unfortunately be left sitting at home.
In terms of the game itself, the last few seconds were what defined it. After a couple of layups and free throws, Stetson appeared ready to tie the game on a layup attempt by Divine Myles. But FGCU’s Zach Johnson had other ideas as he blocked the shot, the last few seconds ticked off and then FGCU stormed the court.
That said, though this year’s Eagles team may not be primed for a deep run, be sure to stay tuned to Campus Sports for further updates from their NCAA Tournament journey!
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