UF-Georgetown canceled at halftime

Foot prints are seen in the condensation on the court after the game between the Florida Gators and Georgetown Hoyas aboard the USS Bataan at Mayport Harbor on Friday Nov. 9, 2012 in Jacksonville, Fla. The game was cancelled at halftime because of condensation on the court causing slippery conditions.

Matt Stamey/Staff photographer
Published: Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 5:46 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 5:46 p.m.

JACKSONVILLE - Florida's 2012-13 men's basketball season started in unusual fashion Friday night.

The Gators played Georgetown on the deck of the amphibious carrier USS Bataan at Naval Station Mayport. But they only managed to squeeze in half the game.

With Florida leading 27-23 at halftime, the game was called off because the court became too wet from condensation.

Earlier in the evening, the game between Ohio State and Marquette on the USS Yorktown in Charleston, S.C. had been canceled before it began for the same reason.

The Florida-Georgetown game will not count and will not be made up.

The game was to be UF's first outdoor basketball game dating back to the 1950s, according to former Florida center and UF basketball historian Bill Koss, who said players from that era used to practice outside at the Waldo Road courts.

Volunteers had mopped the floor prior to the game to deal with any condensation issues. The cancellation came after players returned to the floor for the second half.

The sellout crowd of 3,800 included Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Secretary of Navy Ray Mabus.

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