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George Washington University Jumbotron drops to the court, one day after exhibition game

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USA TODAY Sports
Published 7:19 PM EDT Sep 11, 2018
USA center Tina Charles shoots over Japan forward Maki Takada on Monday during an international exhibition game at the Charles E. Smith Center at George Washington University.
Brad Mills, USA TODAY Sports

Nobody was hurt.

Those were the key words accompanying the startling images Tuesday from the Charles E. Smith Center at George Washington University, pictures that showed the arena’s Jumbotron on the court.

A day earlier, the Smith Center had hosted a women’s international basketball exhibition game between the USA and Japan.

George Washington associate athletics director Brian Sereno said in a statement to USA TODAY Sports that the scoreboard fell when “a winch gave way.”

“During regular maintenance to our scoreboard today, it was lowered to approximately 8-10 above from the floor,” Sereno said. “A winch gave way, and one side of the scoreboard fell to the floor.

“The only people in the arena at the time were the contractors working on the equipment and one of our facilities staff members. Nobody was injured. We are assessing if there is any damage and will work through this to be back up and running soon.”

Published 7:19 PM EDT Sep 11, 2018
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