Basketball referee gets knocked out after being hit during tip-off in match

Incident happened at the start of LaSalle versus Vanderbilt in Brooklyn

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Referee Rick Crawford was knocked out after being hit during the opening tip-off in the consolation game between LaSalle and Vanderbilt the Brooklyn Centre on Saturday night.

Moments after the opening tip-off, Crawford was struck by the elbow of Vanderbilt's center Damian Jones, and dropped to the floor.



Crawford was treated by medics for around 10 minutes as he received attention, and the Barclays Centre fell silent.  He left the court on a stretcher with his neck in a brace. Vanderbilt's Twitter account tweeted after the match that "it looks like Crawford is coherant and moving extremities".

A spokesman for the Barclays Centre said the official was talking as he made his way to the hospital and could remember what happened.

Vanderbilt went on to win the game 68-55.