Bittersweet: Florida defeats FGCU 62-50

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Florida Gulf Coast University's Filip Cvjeticanin, left, 15, and Brett Comer, 0, right, walk out of Cowboys Stadium after being defeated by the Florida Gators on Friday during the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA championship.

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Scott McIntyre/Staff Florida Gulf Coast University's Filip Cvjeticanin, left, 15, and Brett Comer, 0, right, walk out of Cowboys Stadium after being defeated by the Florida Gators on Friday during the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA championship.

FGCU forward Chase Fieler

Impact of FGCU's run in NCAA tournament.

Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles lost 62-50 to the University of Florida in the NCAA men's basketball tournament Sweet 16 on Friday in Arlington, Texas.

After shocking the country by becoming the first No. 15 seed to advance to the Sweet 16, the Eagles didn’t have another upset in them. For the first time in its first tournament appearance, FGCU looked like the underdog rookies in a 62-50 loss to Florida in Cowboys Stadium on Friday night.

The loss ended the season for the Eagles (26-11), who many expected to be watching the Sweet 16 on television.

In only its second year of postseason eligibility and sixth in Division I, the Eagles garnered more goodwill and exposure in eight days with two tournament wins than the athletic program’s first 13 seasons combined.

“We still made it to the Sweet 16 and made history,” senior captain and Atlantic Sun Player of the Year Sherwood Brown said. “I’m proud of our team. They helped me achieve a goal that I never thought I would reach (the NCAA tournament).”

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Complete coverage:

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Get complete coverage of the FGCU's road to the NCAA tournament at dunkcitypride.com.

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The Florida Gulf Coast men's basketball team was the first 15-seeded team to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. The March Madness run ended in Texas where the Eagles were defeated by the Florida Gators 60-52 on Friday, March 29 in Cowboys Stadium. Join in on the discussion by using the hashtag #ndnfgcu in your Twitter updates and/or Instagram photos.

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