This was a movie he had seen before.
The Hoyas had been bounced by a double-digit seed in each of their previous four tournament appearances. Florida Gulf Coast made it five straight, and after another early exit Thompson struggled to find answers.
“I wish I could,” he said. “Trust me. More than anyone on this earth, I’ve tried to analyze it, think about it, look at it, think about what we should do differently. And I don’t know.”
It was the first tournament victory for an Atlantic Sun team since Georgia State won as an 11-seed in 2001.
The FGCU program has only been in existence for six seasons, and this was just the Eagles’ second season being eligible for the tournament.
The magnitude of the win was obvious for a program that had been so anonymous people confused it with Gulf Coast Community College eight hours away in Panama City.
“I could say that honestly not too many people in this arena or any of you guys [in the media] knew who we were before this tournament,” Comer said. “Nobody knew who we were. Everybody thought of us as a write-off, like, ‘Aw, Georgetown’s going to the next round.’ ”
Comer had done his research, though.
“Georgetown’s a very good team, they’re well-coached, but they’re a team that usually gets upset,” he said. “I was aware that they got upset a lot. Last year, they actually beat the team that won our conference last year, Belmont. But before that, they’ve been bounced a lot.
“Even without that, we thought we could come in and win. We can play with anybody.”
Thompson couldn’t argue.
“If they play like they did today,” he said, “absolutely.”
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