A proposed December college basketball doubleheader in Capital Centre involving four area Division I teams has been postponed until at least the 1987-88 season because of a Navy scheduling conflict.

"Navy thought they wouldn't be able to do it because they would be spreading themselves too thin," said Joe Riley, the chairman of Washington Sports Authority and one of the people trying to organize the event. "We had a great deal of support from the athletic directors, but it just fell through for this season."

Bo Coppedge, Navy's athletic director, said the tournament was never a possibility for this season.

"We told them from day one we couldn't participate in 1986-87 because we were already in two tournaments," he said.

Tournament organizers had hoped to have a basketball doubleheader in early December, with Maryland playing Navy and George Mason facing Howard. In future years, the plan was to add George Washington and American University to turn the event into a six-team tournament.

Georgetown Athletic Director Frank Rienzo was present at one meeting this year, but the Hoyas were not scheduled to participate, he said.

Steve Bilsky, George Washington's athletic director, said the tournament still has a good chance of being played in 1987.

"I don't think this is going to be shoved way back on the back burner," he said. "There still is a lot of interest."