Nr. 25 USC tops FGCU in 'Dunk City' Reunion Game, 78-61 - CBS Los Angeles | MCU Times

Nr. 25 USC tops FGCU in ‘Dunk City’ Reunion Game, 78-61 – CBS Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Chevez Goodwin scored 20 points, Boogie Ellis added 18 and No. 25 in Southern California defeated Florida Gulf Coast 78-61 Tuesday night when Trojan coach Andy Enfield returned to the school he led to the “Dunk City” moniker in 2013 NCAA Tournament.

Isaiah Mobley scored 13 points for USC (3-0), which got 10 from Max Agbonkpolo.

Cyrus Largie scored 20 points for FGCU (1-2).

Enfield spent two seasons at FGCU and left for USC after the 2013 Eagles run for Sweet 16 – the first No. 15 seed to ever get so deep into the tournament. The last two days have been a celebration of that team, with a school Hall of Fame enshrinement Monday night followed by Enfields return to Alico Arena on Tuesday.

This time, however, there would be no Cinderella story.

That said, there was a clear vibe in the big game: a national TV audience watched, the FGCU student section was jammed more than an hour before the tip-off, and seats were filled all the way to the back row of the intimate gym, which holds about 4,600.

FGCU led by five midway through the first half. But a 12-2 run by USC in the second half opened a 63-48 lead with 5:53 left. The result was not in doubt again.

FGCU got the Atlantic Suns automatic bid for the 2013 NCAA Tournament by winning the conference title, and was then seeded No. 15 in the Southern Region. The Eagles drew second-seeded Georgetown in the first round.

Dunk City was born.

FGCU’s high-flying, spawning roads became the story of the tournament. The Eagles beat Georgetown 78-68 and then beat San Diego State 81-71 in the second round before falling to Florida in the regional semifinals. A small school without actual national recognition had made Sweet 16. It has been called Dunk City ever since.

(Photo by Brian Rothmuller / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

And if the result was not what FGCU wanted, at least it came with a trip down memory lane.

Eagles coach Michael Fly was an assistant under Enfield at FGCU and remembers that he was so nervous before his first match on the staff that he mistakenly grabbed the head coach’s jacket – which was cut a little smaller and cost a lot more than his own coat. for that night.

“He made sure to point out to me that he was hoping the players weren’t quite as nervous as I was,” Fly said. “The moral of the story, I think, is that at some level I knew Coach Enfield’s shoes would be really hard to fill. So I tried on his jacket.”

FGCU showed its potential early in that season, beating Miami 63-51 in November 2012. Until Tuesday, no school had any of the major leagues in college basketball – the SEC, ACC, Pac-12, Big 12, Big East or Big Ten – visited Dunk City since.

Brett Comer, Dunk City’s flashy point guard, said Enfield was the right coach at the right time.

“I think he hired the staff he did, picked up the players he did and left us to be ourselves, I think that’s the biggest thing missing today – coaches who allow their players to be themselves, to be creative so we can have fun that we were allowed to have, ”said Comer.

In the end, on Tuesday, it was Enfield’s team that had fun again. It could not have been a surprise – a Pac-12 school in the AP Top 25 against a middle school that typically does not get the chance to face ranked opponents.

Enfield took a look around the facility a few hours before tip-off, and enjoyed every bite of the visit.

“This is an incredible place,” Enfield said.

BIG PICTURE

USC: The Trojans controlled points in the paint, leading 44-26 in that division and 22-14 in fast-break points. USC shot 49% for the game.

FGCU: The Eagles were scheduled to host USC last season, a match that could not be played due to scheduling issues caused by the pandemic. Enfield ensured that the game still took place, albeit a year later. … FGCU is now 1-13 against ranked opponents since joining Division I.

NEXT

USC: Hosts Dixie State on Monday.

FGCU: Hosts for Eckerd on Sunday.

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