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Wednesday November 28, 2012 Hoyas nix propsoal to finish cancelled game against Gators

Updated: 9:28pm, November 28

John Thompson III GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida-Georgetown game on the USS Bataan will remain a great memory and mere footnote in the record books.

The Nov. 9 game between the Gators and Hoyas on the deck of USS Bataan that was cancelled at halftime due to condensation on the floor will not be resumed, UF officials learned Wednesday courtesy of ESPN.

The Gators led 27-23 when the game was called.

The City of Jacksonville, which staged the Navy Marines Corps Classic at Naval Station Mayport, pitched for the game to be resumed -- or possibly restarted, pending NCAA approval -- on Jan. 2 at 5 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Arena, but that date apparently did not suit the Hoyas, who open their Big East schedule Jan. 5.

A spokesman for Georgetown coach John Thompson III (pictured right) told ESPN the Hoyas could not pinpoint an “appropriate date” to finish the game and, according to the story, and then passed word on to officials at UF and in Jacksonville.   

Executive associate athletics director Mike Hill, who oversees men’s basketball, said the school learned of the Georgetown’s decision when the ESPN story moved.

“We’re surprised and disappointed to learn from the ESPN report about Georgetown’s decision,” Hill said Wednesday night. “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.”

The seventh-ranked Gators (5-0) face Marquette (5-1) in on ESPN2 Thursday night as part of the Big East/SEC Challenge. The game will be a rematch of their Sweet 16 showdown in the NCAA West Region at Phoenix last March.

As far as records and statistics go, the UF-Georgetown game (or half a game) will remain as if it was never played.

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