Eagles earn first berth in NCAA Tournament

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MACON, Ga. — Brett Comer scored 21 points and Florida Gulf Coast claimed the first NCAA Tournament berth in school history, knocking off top-seeded Mercer 88-75 in the Atlantic Sun championship game Saturday.

The second-seeded Eagles (24-10) became the first team in the 68-team field by snapping Mercer’s 17-game home winning streak, tied for the sixth-longest in the nation.

Sherwood Brown added 16 points and 11 rebounds as Florida Gulf Coast pulled away after a back-and-forth first half.

Travis Smith led Mercer with 16 points, but the Bears (23-11) couldn’t overcome 39 percent (26 of 67) shooting from the field and were denied their first NCAA bid since 1985.

OHIO VALLEY CHAMPIONSHIP

BELMONT 70, MURRAY STATE 68 (OT)

In Nashville, Tenn., Kerron Johnson hit a 10-foot pull-up jumper with 1.2 seconds left, and Belmont (26-6) capped its first season in the Ohio Valley Conference by beating league power Murray State (21-10) for the tournament championship.

The Bruins, who had won five tournament championships in the Atlantic Sun, earned their sixth NCAA Tournament berth in eight seasons. Murray State hadn’t lost in this final since 2000.

SOUTHERN CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT

DAVIDSON 86, GEORGIA SOUTHERN 59

In Asheville, N.C., Nik Cochran scored 18 points on five 3-pointers, and Davidson (23-7) won its 15th consecutive game, beating Georgia Southern in the opening round.

Davidson, whose last loss came against Georgia Southern on Jan. 14, shot 56 percent from the field.

Cleon Roberts scored 13 points for Georgia Southern (14-19).


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