Official collapses at NCAA men’s tournament game between Gonzaga and USC
Game official Bert Smith collapsed Tuesday evening in the first half of the men’s NCAA basketball game between No. 6 seed USC and No. 1 overall seed Gonzaga in Indianapolis.
Smith was taken off on a gurney. He was sitting upright and appeared to be talking to a man walking beside him.
Smith was feeling lightheaded while on the court, according to the TBS broadcast.
“Bert is alert and stable and will not be transported to a hospital. He has been in contact with his family,” an NCAA spokesperson said in a statement.
Video shows Smith standing in a corner of the court by the Gonzaga bench when he goes down backward without being able to use his arms to break his fall. A person on the Gonzaga bench immediately runs to his side and another official halts the game.
Standby official Tony Henderson replaced Smith and the game resumed.
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