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By John McAfee
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Chase Fieler
Andy Enfield hasn't passed up a whole lot of shots in his life, whether they've come on the basketball court, on the sideline as a coach or on Wall Street as a businessman. And he has enjoyed his fair share of success along the way, making millions of dollars as an entrepreneur, marrying a supermodel and most recently leading FGCU to the Sweet 16.
By now, sifting through the wreckage of another Georgetown early exit from the NCAA tournament is as much of a March tradition as hand-wringing over busted brackets, shrieking announcers and on-court dancing of questionable proficiency.
This was just FGCU's sixth Division I season and second in which it was eligible to play in the postseason. What made Friday night's victory over second-seeded Georgetown even more special for the 15th-seeded Eagles was history, or the absence of it.
Florida Gulf Coast coach Andy Enfield finished his playing days at Division III Johns Hopkins as a two-time academic All-America and as the NCAA's career record-holder for free throw shooting at 92.5 percent (431 of 466).
Jon Diebler matched an Ohio State record with nine 3-pointers, scoring a career-high 29 points and leading the second-ranked Buckeyes past Florida Gulf Coast 83-55 on Wednesday night.
"The year before he came in, I scored 11 points my entire season, sat on the bench a lot. And he came in and he said, 'We're going to try to build something here, and we really think that you can help us,'" redshirt senior forward Eddie Murray said. "Everything he's done has been awesome, gave me confidence. Just the locker room, we've had a better feeling ever since he came in."
Fieler, a West Virginia native, said a lot of people in his life didn't know where he was going when he signed on to play for FGCU.