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Falling metal cancels Tuesday game between IU & Iowa

Falling metal cancels Tuesday game between IU & Iowa

A piece of metal that fell from the ceiling and damaged seats at Assembly Hall has caused the cancellation of Tuesday night's basketball game between Indiana University and Iowa.

"Safety is our No.1 priority,” IU Athletics Director Fred Glass said in a news release. “Our University engineers have advised us to postpone events in Assembly Hall until it can be determined what caused the facing to fall and ensure the safety of everyone attending an event in the facility."

The metal facing measuring about 8 feet long by 14 inches wide fell hours before game time and damaged seats in the lower part of Section F in the Bloomington facility.

"Obviously, we are disappointed tonight's game had to be cancelled," Iowa Athletics Director Gary Barta said in a statement. "[Coach] Fran [McCaffery] and his team are in contention for a Big Ten title and were looking forward to the opportunity to getting back on the court.”

However, Barta said, "The most important part of this equation is safety. We are in full support of Indiana's decision to postpone the game based on the issues with Assembly Hall."

Iowa had finished its pregame shootaround about 90 minutes before the beam fell. The game was set to start at 9 p.m. Rescheduling the IU/Iowa game is under discussion. Officials said they also are evaluating the status of a Wednesday night women’s game against Michigan and are investigating what caused the metal to fall.