Saturday, June 23, 2018
Sports

Florida-Georgetown basketball game called due to condensation on court

ABOARD THE USS BATAAN — It was supposed to be a celebration of an American institution and a favorite pastime — the U.S. 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 had expressed deep concern about before Friday night's Navy-Marine Corps Classic became reality.

With Florida leading 27-23 at halftime of the game played aboard the amphibious carrier USS Bataan at Mayport Naval Station near Jacksonville, the coaching staffs from both teams and the game's organizers agreed to not play the second half.

Extreme condensation on the makeshift court began in the first half, then worsened at halftime and as players warmed up before the second half was to start. The floor became too slippery to continue the game.

"It was slippery. I don't know where it came from," Florida senior guard Kenny Boynton said. "It was too slippery to play, for sure. I wish we could have finished. I'm definitely disappointed, but we've just got to regroup. We play Alabama State on Sunday, and we'll be ready. It was a great warmup."

An SEC official attending said the game will count as canceled 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 after the announcement the game would not continue. "We certainly want to play, but we don't 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 realistic understanding of how slick it is and what kind of jeopardy these guys would be in."

The game was one of two on Naval ships Friday called off because of condensation. The Ohio State-Marquette game on the USS Yorktown off Charleston, S.C., was called earlier.

Both coaches in Jacksonville expressed concern about possible problems Thursday. Though there were a few slips early in the game, the issue became more serious later.

"I had no idea until we came out in the second half for warmups," Florida senior Erik Murphy said. "I didn't notice anything in the first half. I feel like playing helped make it bad, then the moisture gets worse as it gets later, I think."

Both coaches said they didn't want the cancellation to mar the spirit that was intended.

"I would like to say thank you to all the sailors for all you do for us, allowing us the freedom to play this game," Thompson said. "It's been an unbelievable experience, and the fact the game is ending doesn't take away from that."

"To our troops, men and women, we are very thankful," Donovan said. "This has been a great experience for our basketball team, and we appreciate everybody coming out."

Antonya English can be reached at [email protected]

Comments
Lightning takes Quebec LW Gabriel Fortier with second-round pick

Lightning takes Quebec LW Gabriel Fortier with second-round pick

The Lightning is on the board in the 2018 NHL draft, using their first pick — 59th overall in the second round — on Gabriel Fortier, a left wing from Quebec.Fortier, 18, is listed at 5-foot-10 and 177 pounds, and he tallied 26 goals and 3...
Updated: 1 minute ago
For starters: Rays vs. Yankees, looking for two straight

For starters: Rays vs. Yankees, looking for two straight

After hanging on for a 2-1 last night over the MLB-best Yankees, the Rays are looking to make it two in a row today.And their lineup will have a different look, with INF Joey Wendle making his first career appearance,  majors or minors, in the o...
Updated: 10 minutes ago
Rays Tales: Why ‘trades’ and ‘prospects’ are always in same conversation

Rays Tales: Why ‘trades’ and ‘prospects’ are always in same conversation

Besides the continual evolution of their intriguing pitching plan, the primary topics of conversation for the Rays over the next several weeks will be trades and prospects. And not mutually exclusively.Some sooner than others, the Rays are going to c...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Live blog: 2018 NHL entry draft

Live blog: 2018 NHL entry draft

The Lightning isn't scheduled to pick until the second round, but there's no telling how active they might be with trades, so you'll want to follow our live coverage throughout the NHL draft Friday (Round 1) and Saturday (Rounds 2-7) in Dallas.(funct...
Published: 06/23/18
Rodney Page’s takeaways from Rays-Yankees

Rodney Page’s takeaways from Rays-Yankees

1. SS Willy Adames had a nice night, and there appear to be many more in his future. He had two hits, an RBI and an inning-ending leaping catch on a line drive by Didi Gregorius in the fifth.2. DH C.J. Cron needs to shake things up. Take a different ...
Published: 06/22/18
Marc Anthony pays a visit to the Trop

Marc Anthony pays a visit to the Trop

By Allana BarefieldTimes Staff WriterST. PETERSBURG — Latin pop star Marc Anthony visited Tropicana Field on Friday to see his beloved Yankees play the Rays.Anthony spent nearly an hour on the field before the game as fans and players surrounde...
Published: 06/22/18
Rays journal: Daniel Robertson’s return crowds up infield

Rays journal: Daniel Robertson’s return crowds up infield

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays reinstated INF Daniel Robertson from the 10-day disabled list (left hamstring strain). To make room, RHP Austin Pruitt was sent to Triple-A Durham."It's out of my mind. I don't think about (the hamstring) when I'm bend...
Published: 06/22/18
Brady Singer, Gators eliminated by Arkansas at CWS

Brady Singer, Gators eliminated by Arkansas at CWS

Times wiresOMAHA, Neb.  —Defending champion Florida failed to win a third straight elimination game, losing to Arkansas 5-2 Friday night and departing the College World Series.The Gators (49-21) had to win to force a rematch. The Razorback...
Published: 06/22/18
Rays hang on for a 2-1 win over Yankees

Rays hang on for a 2-1 win over Yankees

ST. PETERSBURG – Many times this season the Rays' strategy of opening the game with a short reliever and using the bullpen to finish hasn't had much success.Friday wasn't one of those nights.A total of six pitchers held the Yankees and their va...
Published: 06/22/18

Sports on TV/radio for Saturday, June 23

TODAYArena FootballAlbany at Baltimore7:30 p.m.CBSSNAutosF1: French Grand Prix10 a.m.ESPN2Monster Energy Cup: Toyota/Save Mart 350 qualifying2:30 p.m.FS1IndyCar: Kohler Grand Prix qualifying6:30 p.m.NBCSNTrucks: Eaton 2008:30 p.m.FS1BaseballRangers a...
Published: 06/22/18