FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - FGCU's men's basketball team beat East Tennessee State Buccaneers by a score of 69-64 Thursday night The Eagles are now one win away from going back to March Madness.
Chase Fieler scored 22 points and gathered 15 rebounds as top-seeded Florida Gulf Coast survived a scare from East Tennessee, 69-64, in the semifinal round of the Atlantic Sun tournament on Thursday.
The teams traded the lead six times with seven ties down the stretch and were tied at 62 until Brett Comer's dunk for FGCU with 2:06 left. Jamail Jones followed with a 3-pointer, then hit 2 of 4 free throws to ice the win. ETSU missed its last eight field goal attempts.
Florida Gulf Coast (22-11) hit five of its last seven shots in the first, including a 3-pointer by Filip Cvjeticanin, to lead 34-33 at the break. FGCU pushed its lead to six just four minutes into the second half, but a jumper by Devin Harris and a 3-pointer by Rashawn Rembert drew ETSU (18-15) within one at 43-42.
ETSU was led by Rembert's 18 points.
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FORT MYERS, FL.--Alex Prawl is living proof that all of the FGCU story isn't just about games and championships, but it's also about dreams being made.
"All the tall players like chase, he has been doing really good and Marcus," said Prawl.
Prawl comes to every game and stands right on the court during warmup, cheering on his idols.
His dream is to play college basketball.
"It is really fun to say hi and enjoy all this time with my friends and stuff," said Prawl.
The players may see the high fives as a kind gesture, but for Prawl, it's much more.
"They always enjoy having me here," said Prawl.
"It makes it even sweeter for Prawl and all the other fans that Thursday night because their Eagles won.
"My heart was palpating, I was losing my breath and I was screaming like crazy," said fan Carol Lutkiewicz.