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Bryant men's basketball team safe in Italy after earthquake
SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) — Officials say Bryant University's men's basketball team is safe and unharmed in Italy after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake rocked three regions of the country earlier this week.
Tremors from the quake woke the Bulldogs coaching staff and players at their hotel in Rome when it struck at about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Head coach Tim O'Shea says he was startled by the sound of hangers in his closet knocking together before seeing news of the earthquake on TV.
The team is currently touring Italy for a series of exhibition games.
The Bulldogs were scheduled to play their first game on Wednesday in Spoleto, which sits about 20 minutes from one of the hardest-hit areas. The game was canceled after the gym they were scheduled to play in sustained minor damage.
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