Minutes of the first half of the match between the university Usc and of Gonzaga To pass Last four College basketball NCAA When one image paralyzed everyone present. Burt smith, One of the judges of the arbitration trio, He fell into a corner of the parquet and caused concern to all those present in the court.
The first sign that something bad was happening to Smith was when the USC team was on offense and lost the ball. TV broadcast cameras followed Gonzaga’s counterattack, but in the reconstruction you can see how The referee stumbles once or twice because of being unstable.
Once the play ended in two points for the white dress, and already on the other side of the field, Gonzaga’s assistant coach Tommy lloyd Saw Smith fall and swiftly ran towards him to help him. One of the judges rang his whistle, halted the match and requested medical assistance for his refereeing teammates.
As many American media chronicles have indicated, Smith’s fall on the ground also included a thud, which echoed through it. Lucas Oil Stadium, The location where the NCAA college basketball finals are played. the referee He remained on the court floor for about five minutes until he was treated by team doctors until paramedics arrived.. After that time, he was able to stand and went on a nearby stretcher on his own. When they took him out of the park, he was sitting with his arms crossed.
In a statement released by the event organization, NCAA spokesman David Warlock said Smith was “Warning and static” And that Will not be transferred to hospital. The spokesperson also clarified that the referee was able to communicate with his family after the incident in which he acted.
Also, the nature of the verlock is not explained in detail. “medical problem” Smith’s. Beyond official information, one of the commentators of the series CBS Sports In the broadcast, Jean Stertol said the judge felt “affair”, That is why I have ended the fall.
After what happened to referee Smith, he was replaced by Tony Henderson, who was on the scorer table. For his part, Tony Chiazza, substitute judge for the game played by UCLA-Michigan in the second round, also served as the reserve referee for the remainder of the USC-Gonzaga game, the NCAA clarified.
Strictly playing, Gonzaga defeated USC 85–66 and advanced to the final four of college basketball in the United States.