MILWAUKEE In a matter of moments, Saturday's basketball game between Providence and Marquette went from a Big East battle to a battle with a little beast.
With 11:33 left in the second half, a bat made its first appearance of many that wreaked havoc at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Repeatedly, officials stopped play while waiting for the bat to leave the court area. The second time it appeared, Providence forward Sidiki Johnson was nearly hit in the face and fell to the floor while trying to defend himself from the flying menace.
In all, the game was delayed four times as the bat dive bombed the court, fearlessly flying close to players, referees and fans. During one stoppage, the majority of players and coaches were on the court along with arena officials trying to throw towels and warm-up shirts at the bat.Providence coach Ed Cooley took that time to run around the court with his clipboard, trying to swat the bat out of the air.
At the under-eight-minute media timeout, Bradley ...