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J.C. Smith-Winston-Salem State game resuming Friday at 2 p.m.

Johnson C. Smith’s suspended CIAA basketball game against Winston-Salem State will resume Friday at 2 p.m. in Brayboy Gym.

The Golden Bulls-Rams game was halted Wednesday with 0.3 seconds remaining and the score tied 76-76 after Smith’s Joshua Linson threw a long pass down court that struck a pair of overhead lights, knocking one from its mooring above the court.

The game will resume with the start of a five-minute overtime period. School officials suspended the game Wednesday, following an NCAA rule that states: 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.

“If that (light) hits somebody, it’s a lawsuit waiting to happen,” Smith coach Steve Joyner said Wednesday. “We almost went with it, but we thought it was the right call.”

Admission to the remainder of the game is free.

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