ESPN: Georgetown declines to finish game vs. Gators, did not inform UF
Florida tried to find a way to resume its season opener against Georgetown, but the Hoyas declined the offer, ESPN.com reported Wednesday.
The Gators proposed a few dates and even offered to pay Georgetown’s travel expenses. The game originally was Nov. 9 aboard the USS Bataan at Naval Station Mayport. It was stopped at halftime with Florida ahead 27-23 due to condensation on the court.
The report says Georgetown informed the Gators, but Florida posted on its website that it was unaware until seeing the story on ESPN.com.
“We’re surprised and disappointed to learn from the ESPN report about Georgetown’s decision,” UF administrator Mike Hill said on the school’s site. “The City of Jacksonville was gracious to host us on the USS Bataan, and we appreciate them inviting us back to complete the game. We are focusing now on our upcoming game against Marquette.”
Florida had been hoping to play the game Jan. 2 at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. That date would have allowed enough time before both schools began their conference schedule.
The ESPN story said Georgetown wanted to finish it during the last week of December and preferred to do so in Norfolk, Va., or Washington, D.C.
The game will be categorized as “suspended” and will not count on either team’s record. None of the statistics count, either.
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