Florida Gators vs. Georgetown basketball game cancelled after first half due safety issues
It was supposed to be a celebration of an American institution and a favorite pasttime –the United States military and college basketball.
And for one half, it was.
But eventually, the one thing both Florida coach Billy Donovan and Georgetown coach John Thompson III had expressed deep concern over prior to Friday night’s Navy-Marine Corps Classic became a reality too difficult to overcome.
With Florida leading Georgetown 27-23 at halftime of the Navy-Marine Corps Classic on the amphibious carrier USS Bataan at Mayport Naval Station, the coaching staff from both teams and Jacksonville game organizers agreed to cancel the second half. The game was due to extreme condensation on the makeshift baskeball court that began in the first half, then worsened at halftime and as the players participated in warmups prior to the second half. The floor too slippery to continue the game.
An SEC official said the game will count as a cancelled game and will not count in the standings for either team. Stats will also not be counted.
“Obviously we are very, very disappointed, ourself and Georgetown,” Donovan told the crowd following the announcement that the game would not continue. “We certainly want to play, but we don’ want anybody hurt. “We really, really appreciate everybody being out here supporting this event. If you were down here (on the court), you would have a realisitic understanding of how slick it is and what kind of jeopardy these guys would be in.”