MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C.
The game between No. 4 Ohio State and Marquette aboard the USS Yorktown at the Carrier Classic on Friday was canceled because of moisture on the court.
After a wait of about an hour, referee John Cahill said the condensation on the converted flight deck could not be dried. He said it was in the best interest of the teams to cancel.
The game was part of the second Carrier Classic. Earlier in the day, the No. 7 Notre Dame women defeated No. 19 Ohio State, 57-51. There was no problem with the court during that game.
The contest raises money for several groups that help troops and veterans. It was a showcase for Veterans Day weekend.
Cahill said the decision was made in agreement with both coaches and athletic directors.
Players on both teams saw wet spots on the court during pregame warmups. Officials met with Ohio State coach Thad Matta and Marquette coach Buzz Williams several times as workers and volunteers grabbed anything they could to dry the surface.
After about a half-hour delay, Cahill and his crew put 20 more minutes back on the clock and players warmed up again. Still, the hardwood was moist and wet and all sides agreed it was too dangerous to play.
Most of the 4,000 seats at the makeshift arena were full, many of them servicemen and women who received donated tickets. Ohio State’s players put on a dunk contest, guard Aaron Craft skying high for a jam as spectators snapped pictures on their cellphones.
After the game was canceled, the Buckeyes and the Golden Eagles came out to sign autographs and greet fans.
The contest was supposed to be one of the marquee events of college basketball’s opening weekend. Ohio State reached the Final Four last season while Marquette advanced to the NCAA’s round of 16 before losing to Florida.