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Marquette basketball game delayed because of bat


MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- Bats go with baseball, not basketball. Unless you play for Marquette, and this is a different kind of bat.

The winged creature caused a delay of game during Marquette's contest with Providence at the Bradley Center Saturday. The surprise intruder soared through the rafters and dive-bombed the hard court during the game. Louise Cainkar, a Marquette University Professor at the game, says "It was amazing; something I'd never seen before in my life. Up in the rafters, down on the main floor, circling the second level."

Coaches cowered, refs ran and fans woke up. Marquette student Aaron Ledesma says, "I think people were getting to the point where they were ignoring the game and then all of a sudden the bat came out and it was a whole new world."

Student Emily Fullerton says she may have accidentally let the bat in. She says, "As I'm entering I told a security guard some bird or some bat just flew in with me and he didn't believe me."

Eventually, players and others starting launching towels through the air in an attempt to take the bat down. Ledesma says, "I think the funniest part was in fact that the players just kept falling to the ground, trying to get away from the bat. It was pretty entertaining."

Every time the bat came close to the floor, referees had to stop the game. The lights were eventually shut off to the entire arena. Fans sang a soothing Whitney Houston song, trying to send the bat back to the rafters.

The bat was never caught, and it didn't show up during the Bucks game later that night.


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