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COL BKB: Fla. Gulf Coast 81, S.D. State 71

March 24, 2013 at 10:03 PM

PHILADELPHIA, March 24 (UPI) -- Bernard Thompson scored 23 points Sunday and 15th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast upended San Diego State 81-71 to advance to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.

Sherwood Brown supplied 17 points and eight rebounds for the Eagles (26-10), who became the first-ever 15th seed to make it to the regional semifinal round.

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Chase Fieler helped out with 11 points and Brett Comer had 10 points and 14 assists for FGCU, which began its Cinderella story with a 78-68 triumph over No. 2 seed Georgetown.

The Eagles go on to face third-seeded Florida in Arlington, Texas, in Friday's South Regional.

Jamaal Franklin led the seventh-seeded Aztecs (23-11) with 20 points and 11 boards. Chase Tapley added 17 points for SDSU.

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