Bernard Thompson's NCAA Tournament run has come to an end.
One of the biggest Cinderellas in the tournament's history, Florida Gulf Coast, had its season end in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Basketball Tournament Friday thanks to a 62-50 victory by the Florida Gators in Dallas.
Thompson, a sophomore out of Rockdale, finished with just six points - all but one coming in the first half - for the Eagles who were overmatched and oversized by the second-seeded Gators.
Florida Gulf Coast was the first 15 seed ever to reach the Sweet 16 of the tournament after defeating San Diego State Sunday. The Eagles became the seventh 15 seed ever to beat a No. 2 seed (Georgetown) and won over a nation of new fans in the second round of the 2013 tounament - FGCU's first ever NCAA Tournament game.
"Dunk City" became a household name to sports fans, and Florida Gulf Coast got put on the map to casual observers with stories in news publications and websites ranging from ESPN to Forbes to the Huffington Post. Thompson was a big part of the uproar, scoring 23 points in the historic win over San Diego State and being a part of many of FGCU's alley-oops, which helped it earn the nickname "Dunk City." Thompson was the cover-boy on several sports websites and newspapers with his high-flying antics.
The Atlantic-Sun Defensive Player of the Year helped lead the Eagles to the conference tournament championship and an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament in its sixth year of Division I basketball. Thompson, fellow sophomore guard Brett Comer and other core members of the Eagles will have the chance to carry on the success of FGCU, which loses just two seniors in the offseason.