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South Carolina State player collapses on floor, in fair condition

  • South Carolina State players, including Damani Applewhite (35), react as Tyvoris Solomon is attended to after he was injured during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina State at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP) Ethan Hyman

  • Game 0fficials including from left, Les Jones, Bert Smith and Tim Comer, watch as South Carolina State's Tyvoris Solomon is attended to after he was injured during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina State at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP) Ethan Hyman

  • South Carolina State head coach Murray Garvin hugs Ian Kinard (24) as Tyvoris Solomon is attended to after he was injured during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina State at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP) Ethan Hyman

  • South Carolina State players react as Ty Solomon is attended to after he was injured during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina State at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP) Ethan Hyman


Associated Press
Saturday, December 02, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. – After their teammate collapsed on the court in a terrifying scene, South Carolina State’s players wanted to honor him by resuming the game.

Tyvoris Solomon was taken to a hospital after collapsing during the first half of the Bulldogs’ 103-71 loss at North Carolina State on Saturday.

A Rex Hospital spokeswoman said Solomon was in fair condition.

Emergency medical personnel administered chest compressions to Solomon before he was removed from the court on a stretcher. The game resumed after a 40-minute delay.

S.C. State assistant Coach Rio Pitt said afterward that Solomon was “up and aware” at the hospital.

“He’s conscious, and he was talking some,” Pitt said.

“They said they would do what Ty would do, and Ty would tell us to go out there and play,” Pitt said. “That was the response the guys gave us. We let them decide.”

Solomon collapsed near the bench at the 13:08 mark. The arena went silent. Cries rang out from people around the Bulldogs’ bench as staff members fanned Solomon with a jacket.

Solomon, a 5-foot-10 senior guard, started the game and checked out at 16:02.

Pitt declined to provide any details about the moments leading to Solomon’s collapse, and S.C. State players were unavailable for comment.

“It puts everything else in perspective,” N.C. State Coach Kevin Keatts said. “At that moment, basketball is not important.”

Players and coaches from both teams looked on with concern as Solomon received medical attention. Pitt said S.C. State Coach Murray Garvin dropped to his knees in prayer.

S.C. State team spokesman Kendrick Lewis said Garvin went with Solomon to the hospital. Pitt led the team for the rest of the game.

Once they knew that Solomon was conscious and able to speak, S.C. State’s players decided to continue playing.

Family first

The teams returned to their locker rooms after Solomon left the court. While the Bulldogs pondered whether to play, Yurtseven called his family in Turkey. “I just had to reach out to my family because it’s been a while since I’ve seen them,” he said. “A situation like that makes you remember those people you care about.”

He said it

“We weren’t even worried about basketball anymore. It was more just concern for that kid and his family and hoping that he’s all right. You try to lose yourself in the game. But when something like that happens, you forget all about basketball and worry about life.” – Torin Dorn.