In a bizarre turn of events, the Seton Hall – Providence game has been suspended (but not ended) in the second half with the Pirates leading 56-47 and 13:03 still to play.
First, Desi Rodriguez slipped and suffered a “mild ankle sprain” late in the first half purely due to moisture on the court. He did not return to start the second, but was officially deemed “questionable” to return.
Then, Rodney Bullock and Myles Powell fell in quick succession just feet from Seton Hall’s bench mid-way through the second half, with Powell slipping again just trying to stand up.
That would be the final straw for Ed Cooley, Kevin Willard, and the Big East, which opted to suspend tonight’s game due to “unsafe playing conditions” with the remainder to be played tomorrow at noon on Providence’s campus at 1854-seater Alumni Hall.
PC game will be continued Thursday at Noom at Alumni Hall
— Kevin McNamara (@KevinMcNamara33) February 22, 2018
Providence has played at Alumni Hall once since 1971, when they moved to what is now named the Dunkin Donuts Center in 1972; the Friars hosted Houston Baptist on campus to open the season.
However, I did confirm with Providence media that the Friars practice at Alumni Hall.
Willard and Cooley were amicable as they discussed the matter with league officials for several minutes while half of the Seton Hall team, trainers, and Willard’s two sons attempted to mop up the court with towels.
The two then shook hands, exchanged laughs and walked off the court after all the players shook hands in what is simply a wild twist.
UPDATE #1: Only students and faculty will be allowed to attend
Game will be completed tomorrow at noon at Alumni Hall. Only Students and faculty will be allowed. Same three refs. https://t.co/oGUyehEPTg
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) February 22, 2018
UPDATE #2: The game will be televised
— John Fanta (@John_Fanta) February 22, 2018
We will provide more updates as information becomes available…