WSSU vs. Johnson Game Tied After Lights Knocked Out

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Two broken light during the men's basketball game between Winston-Salem State University and Johnson C. Smith University on Wednesday forced a tied ball game.

However, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) has ruled the overtime period of the game will be made up Friday at 2 p.m. in Brayboy Gymnasium on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University. Admission into the game will be free.

On Wednesday, Javan Wells of the Rams tied the game with a tip-in leaving the score at 76-76. But with 0.3 seconds left on the clock Joshua Linson tried a full-court shot and hit two lights, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The shot left one of the lights hanging by a chain.

Officials called the game due to safety precautions. Both coaches agreed with the decision.

According to a CIAA news release, the 2014 & 2015 NCAA MEN'S BASKETBALL RULE 5, Section 4, reads:

  • Section 4. Interrupted Game
    When a game is interrupted because of events beyond the control of the responsible administrative authorities, it shall be continued from the point of interruption unless the teams agree otherwise or there are applicable conference, league or association rules.


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