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Unsafe playing conditions force suspension of PC game at the Dunk

Providence head coach Ed Cooley talks with guard Kyron Cartwright (24) as the team shoots foul shots late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Xavier, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, in Providence, R.I. Providence upset Xavier 81-72 . (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

A college men's basketball game was suspended Wednesday night due to unsafe playing conditions at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence.

The game between Providence College and Seton Hall was stopped with 13:03 to go during the second half after two players slipped on moisture on the court. Seton Hall led PC with a score of 56-47.

The officials assessed the situation and determined that the game should be delayed.

Meanwhile, PC and Seton Hall officials met to discuss when and where the rest of the game would be played and determined that they would conclude the game at noon Thursday at Alumni Hall on the PC campus.

The game will only be open to PC students, faculty and staff.

"Due to this unfortunate situation, we will be offering fans who purchased tickets to this game the opportunity to redeem tickets to select BIG EAST games next season, once the schedule is released in September," Driscoll noted in a press release. "Please accept my sincere apologies for the unprecedented event."

There is a dispute over what caused water on the floor.

PC College Athletic Director Bob Driscoll said the issue was due to condensation on the floor, as the unseasonably warm weather coupled with the hockey ice below the basketball court, created moisture.

But Larry Lepore, who is the general manager of the Dunkin' Donuts Center and the Rhode Island Convention Center, said that was not the case. He said players slipped on sweat or water from water bottles, also noting that the incidents occurred near team benches.

Representatives from PC and the Dunk met ahead of time to prevent the issue, as condensation caused a similar situation this season.


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