Referee Bert Smith collapsed on the court just a few minutes into Tuesday’s Elite Eight game between Gonzaga and USC.
Just over four minutes into the game, USC was bringing the ball down the court as the Trojans were losing 11-4. One of the officials blew his whistle to stop play after seeing his partner down on the ground.
Scary moment in Gonzaga-USC as referee Burt Smith collapses and is unresponsive on the floor.
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Referee Bert Smith just collapsed during Gonzaga vs. USC game. pic.twitter.com/CYE1uzBcya
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Gonzaga assistant Tommy Lloyd spotted Smith on the ground and immediately went over to check on him. A stretcher came out to load Smith, who was taken away while receiving attention.
Smith later woke up and was sitting up after being taken away on the stretcher at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
A video shows that Smith showed signs of issues on the possession before his collapse.
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William Henderson, an alternate official, replaced Smith in the game.