Dunk Dynasty: FGCU tops North Florida 77-61 for NCAA berth

Posted at 5:27 PM, Mar 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-06 06:36:20-05

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Brandon Goodwin scored 19 points and Florida Gulf Coast earned its third NCAA Tournament trip in the last six seasons with a 77-61 win over North Florida in the Atlantic Sun Conference championship game on Sunday.

Demetris Morant and Marc-Eddy Norelia each scored 14 for the Eagles (26-7), who trailed by six at the half before pulling away. Zach Johnson and Christian Terrell added 10 apiece for FGCU, which tied the program's Division I-era record for victories in a season.

The school best known for its "Dunk City" run to the Sweet Sixteen in 2013 also went to the NCAAs last season, winning a First Four game before falling to eventual national finalist North Carolina.

Dallas Moore, the leading active scorer in Division I, scored 19 points for North Florida (15-19).

With their tournament victory, the Eagles have earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The team will find out who they are playing on Selection Sunday.