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Tuesday November 20, 2012 Gators want to finish game against Georgetown

Updated: 12:47pm, November 21

Moping deckGAINESVILLE, Fla. -- There could still be a half of basketball to play with the Georgetown Hoyas.

University of Florida officials have reached out to Georgetown’s administrators to explore the possibility of finishing the the game played Nov. 9 between the Gators and Hoyas on the deck of the USS Bataan at Naval Station Mayport. The game was cancelled at halftime due to condensation on the floor.

Florida led 27-23 at the time.

“We would love to complete the game if Georgetown is willing,” said Mike Hill, UF’s executive associate athletics director for external affairs. “Their initial reaction was positive. The City of Jacksonville has been terrific in trying to put this together. We hope to know something soon.”

According to NCAA rules, the game would be completed -- not restarted -- and pick where it left off. If Hill can pull this off, the game’s second half likely would be staged at the Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville on Jan. 2, before either team tips off its conference schedule.

UF officials have offered to work with the Jacksonville officials regarding financial arrangements.

“Our feeling is the game was scheduled to be played and from what I gather from our administration, it’s almost as if the game didn’t occur. It’s a meaningless thing,” UF coach Billy Donovan said Tuesday night after the seventh-ranked Gators defeated Savannah State 58-40 at the O’Connell Center to improve to 4-0. “I think since both teams agreed to play before the year started, the feeling was, ‘Let’s just play the game,' help each other out and it'll be good for both programs at the end of the day.”

The Hoyas had a 3-0 record, including a win over No. 11 UCLA Monday night, heading into Tuesday’s showdown with No. 1-ranked Indiana in the Progressive Legends Classic at the Barclays Center in New York.

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