It seemed more and more inevitable as the year went on, and now, the Ospreys are heading to their first ever NCAA tournament after a 63-57 win over USC Upstate on Sunday. It also marks the first time since 1986 that a local Jacksonville team has made the big dance.
Players and coaches all agreed that it was one of the loudest and wildest atmospheres they had ever experienced. “It was just something to set the vision, to make sure they understood,” Driscoll said. “If you see it, you can be it. If you view it, you can do it. If you believe it, you can achieve it.”
Defensive player of the year Demarcus Daniels led the way with 22 points and 6 boards. He would be named MVP of the A-Sun tournament. Jalen Nesbitt had 16, and Dallas Moore had 13 in a game that was 2-0 over minutes in. The Ospreys would take a 34-25 lead at half before another dry spell to start the second half that put them behind 36-34. UNF would make it 40-36, before Upstate went on an 8-0 run to grab a 44-40 lead.
UNF would go on a 12-0 run, sealing the game and never being up by less than 5 after that. Beau Beech was cold, with only 1 point from the free throw line, but his defense on A-Sun Player of the Year Ty Greene was one of the big differences in this game compared with the Ospreys’ losses to them this season.
UNF will wait until Sunday to see where, when and who they will play. Watch a clip of the post-game field storming below via Vine.