Well, that wasn’t very close.

Florida Golf Coast destroyed Farleigh Dickinson, 96-65, in a First Four matchup Tuesday night in Dayton. FGCU opened the game with a dunk, went on a 23-6 run and led 40-19 at halftime.

“We wanted to come out and hit them first,” Florida Gulf Coast guard Julian DeBose said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “That’s our motto before every game. We got to come out, take the first hit and it just so happened to be tonight. We came out, guns blazing, we had our defense going and luckily we had our offense going early. It was pretty great. I was a little bit surprised myself. We’ve had starts like that before in this season, so it’s nothing new. We just stuck with it, kept being aggressive and kept attacking.”

Marc Eddy Norelia shot 10-of-11 from the floor and finished with a game-high 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for FGCU. Debose and Christian Terrell scored 14 apiece for the Eagles, while Demetris Morant added 10.

FGCU shot 59.6 percent from the floor.

“That’s what we like about our team,” DeBose said. “We can attack and be aggressive from multiple personnel on our team. When you have the ball in your hand, you got to make a play – and we had multiple guys making plays tonight. We’re fortunate enough to come out with the win.”

FGCU (21-13), which advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2013, will face No. 1 North Carolina (28-6) on Thursday at 7:20 p.m. ET.

“We’re always up for a challenge,” DeBose said. “We’re a team full of competitors, starting from our head coach, Joe Dooley, all the way down to the last person on that bench. We’re going to come out fighting as hard as possible trying to get a win.”


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