The basketball world has reacted in shock after a veteran official collapsed on court during play, which had onlookers terrified.
During an Elite Eight college basketball match between Gonzaga and USC Indianapolis, official Bert Smith fell back and hit his head on the baseline.
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The camera and the crowds attention was on the other side of the court, but Gonzaga's Tommy Lloyd immediately noticed the fall and sprinted over to help Smith.
The official was on the ground for more than five minutes before being stretchered off with around 15:44 minutes remaining in the first half.
Smith was able to regain consciousness before being taken off, but fans were still in shock after the 'terrifying' moment.
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No information has been released about why Smith collapsed, but he was able to recover after the fall and didn't need to go to the hospital.
“Bert Smith, an official assigned to work the Gonzaga-Southern California regional final, left tonight’s game after a medical issue,” a NCAA statement read.
“Bert is alert and stable and will not be transported to a hospital. He has been in contact with his family.”
Gonzaga Bulldogs went on to remain undefeated for the season and claim a 85-66 victory.
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