Ohio State's game with Appalachian State on Saturday was temporarily stopped with 17 minutes remaining in the 2nd half when an emergency alarm went off.
The Buckeyes were leading by 15 when instruction came over the PA demanding that everyone head to the exits.
After the cause of the delay was determined to be a fire alarm set off at a concession stand, the All Clear was issued by security and fans were let back into the Schottenstein Center.
There was a fire alarm set off in a concessions stand at Value City Arena. We are cleared to continue with our game vs. Appalachian State. OSU leads 48-33 with 17:47 left in the second half.
— Dan Wallenberg (@OSUADAthComm) December 17, 2017
Smoke in an air-duct caused the alarm to go off, per OSU athletics internal facilities director
— Jacob Myers (@Jacob_Myers_25) December 17, 2017
Hallway smelled like burnt burger and filled with smoke. One of the concession stands left something on too long and tripped the fire alarm.
— TheStudebuck (@TheStudebuck) December 17, 2017
Schottenstein Center general manager Colin Thompson made a statement after Saturday night's game, in which he explained a failure for an exhaust fan to work properly caused a smoke alarm to go off.
Ohio State basketball coach Chris Holtmann also discussed the evacuation after the Buckeyes' 80-67 win. Holtmann said he had never experienced a situation like that before but expressed "huge thanks" to Ohio State's fans for returning to continue cheering on the Buckeyes after the scare.
Video from the BTN broadcast as it happened can be seen above.