NCAA Men's basketball tourney ref collapses during Gonzaga-USC game

All through the Elite 8 matchup between Gonzaga and USC on Tuesday evening, authentic Bert Smith collapsed at the flooring and needed to be taken off the basketball courtroom on a stretcher.

As USC used to be shifting down the courtroom on offense, Smith arrange at the baseline and he misplaced his stability and right away fell to the bottom and hit his head at the flooring.

He used to be mendacity on his again for a number of mins prior to he ultimately stood up and moved to the stretcher which used to be within reach.

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Smith, who used to be mindful, used to be sitting up together with his fingers crossed as he used to be taken off the courtroom.

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The NCAA launched a commentary on Smith’s situation in a while after.

“Bert is alert and solid and may not be transported to a health facility,” the commentary learn.

Regulations analyst Gene Steratore stated at the TV broadcast, which used to be televising the sport, that Smith used to be feeling “lightheaded” prior to ultimately falling to the bottom. Smith handled via running shoes within the locker room.

Smith, who used to be changed via William Henderson, used to be officiating his 2d Elite 8. Henderson used to be on the scorer’s desk prior to changing Smith as another.

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In step with kenpom.com, the Gonzaga-USC recreation used to be the 70th matchup Smith labored this season.

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