UPDATE: Ayayi came back in and finished with nine points on 4-of-5 shooting and six rebounds in 29 minutes of action.
UPDATE: Ayayi got hit with an elbow, and he’s back in the game.
Joel Ayayi ready to check back into the game for Gonzaga after getting in the mouth earlier.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) March 30, 2021
Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Joel Ayayi went down and referee Bert Smith is currently being attended to both teams as a stretcher has been wheeled onto the court. The Zags are playing the USC Trojans in the Elite Eight in Indianapolis.
Smith just collapsed to the floor, and has been replaced by the alternate official. We won’t show the video, but he simply passed out while standing in the corner of the court as the lead official in front of the Gonzaga bench.
Smith has been wheeled off the court, and the game has continued. Ayayi appears to be grabbing for his teeth and might have some mouth issues. But he has returned to the game, and the Zags lead 21-8 with just over 12 minutes remaining.