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Gators call off basketball game versus FAU

Florida postpones next 3 games while Keyontae Johnson remains hospitalized
Florida Gators forward Keyontae Johnson waits to be introduced before game in January 2020
Posted at 8:21 PM, Dec 17, 2020

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Another Florida Atlantic men's basketball game has been called off, but it has nothing to do with the coronavirus.

The Owls won't play at Florida on Saturday after the Gators decided to postpone their next three games while Keyontae Johnson recovers.

Johnson collapsed on the court during last weekend's loss at rival Florida State. The Southeastern Conference preseason player of the year was treated by medical personnel and taken to a Tallahassee hospital. He was later transferred to a Gainesville hospital, where he "continues to show truly encouraging signs of progress," the team said Thursday in a message on Twitter.

Florida head coach Mike White and the Gators were supposed to host the Owls on Saturday, Florida A&M on Sunday and James Madison on Dec. 22.

Their next game would be the Dec. 30 SEC opener at Vanderbilt.

"We certainly understand and respect the decision of Florida's basketball team not to play this weekend," FAU head coach Dusty May said in a statement. "I have all the respect in the world for Mike White and the Gator program. We wish nothing but the best for Keyontae Johnson and will continue to keep him and the UF basketball family in our thoughts and prayers."

White is the oldest brother of FAU athletic director Brian White.

The Owls had a scheduled game at North Carolina State earlier this month canceled because of "positive COVID-19 tests and accompanying contact tracing measures" within the Wolfpack program.