Condensation derails Georgetown-Florida tilt
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The men's basketball game between No. 10 Florida and Georgetown on the deck of a ship was called off at halftime Friday night because the court became too wet.
Florida led 27-23 at the break in the Navy-Marine Corps Classic when the game aboard the USS Bataan was stopped by the court condensation.
Earlier in the evening, the men's game between No. 4 Ohio State and Marquette on the USS Yorktown in South Carolina was canceled before it began for the same reason.
The Florida-Georgetown game will not count and will not be made up.
The cancellations aboard the aircraft carriers cast doubt on whether these outdoor games will continue in the future. The Yorktown, however, did host a women's game late Friday afternoon, with No. 7 Notre Dame beating No. 19 Ohio State 57-71 without any problems on the court.
Florida and Georgetown players warmed up after intermission and volunteers mopped the court with towels, but the nighttime humidity near the Intracoastal Waterway caused too much wetness.
Hoyas coach John Thompson III said, "It's dangerous down here and we don't want anybody to get hurt."