Georgetown vs. Florida Gulf Coast: Hoyas stunned in March Madness defeat

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No team suffered a more shocking loss in the second round than the Hoyas, who were thoroughly beaten.

The Georgetown Hoyas were a popular pick to cut down the nets in April when everything was all said and done. Instead, they were the victim of this year's biggest upset.

The No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast Eagles shocked the nation, pounding relentlessly on the No. 2 Hoyas, winning, 78-68, to advance into the third round.

As pointed out on our Georgetown blog, Casual Hoya, things got ugly almost immediately:

Once again, Georgetown found itself staring up at a double-digit second-half deficit to a double-digit seed. Judgment was delivered both swiftly and mercilessly, and before we knew it the game was out of hand.

However, writer OverTheHilltop on Casual Hoya sums up everything beautifully, despite feeling crushed in a moment of defeat:

Our faith is imperfect, and so are those in whom we place in [sic]. We will never endure losses like these with equanimity, nor should we. Likewise, the Georgetown Hoyas, no matter who they then are, will forever be imperfect, a tantalizing combination of talent, potential, and fallibility. Sometimes, this blend produces unique thrills: an unexpected winning streak, the unforeseen resurgence, a glimpse of true greatness. On other days, those same ingredients produce disappointment. If it were otherwise--if either we or the objects of our fanaticism were more certain--our Hoyas would not be worth watching, nor would we find ourselves drawn to them.

The loss capped off a brutal couple of days for the Big East, with the Pittsburgh Panthers, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Villanova Wildcats and Cincinnati Bearcats all losing while the Marquette Golden Eagles barely squeaked by the Davidson Wildcats.

Only three players reached double figures for the Hoyas on Friday, with Markel Starks leading the team with 23 points.

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