S.C. State senior guard Tyvoris Solomon suffered a medical emergency that caused a 40-minute delay in Saturday’s basketball game with N.C. State at PNC Arena.
After receiving medical attention, including CPR, from emergency medical personnel, Solomon was conscious, stabilized and transported to Rex Hospital in Raleigh. S.C. State coach Murray Garvin accompanied Solomon to the hospital, S.C. State spokesperson Kendrick Lewis said.
A 5-10 guard from Johns Island, S.C., Solomon collapsed in his team’s bench area during a break in the game action with 13:08 to play and N.C. State leading 22-5. Initially, Solomon appeared overheated and was being fanned with a jacket.
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At the same time, N.C. State guard Markell Johnson had limped toward his bench and collapsed to the court holding his right knee. While N.C. State’s medical staff was helping him to the locker room, a public address announcement was made asking for a doctor to come to the S.C. State bench.
Solomon was lying flat on his back and appeared unconscious. EMS personnel began administering CPR and an automated external defibrillator was brought out.
The arena fell silent except for cries and audible prayers heard from people near the S.C. State bench. N.C. State’s players gathered in a huddle. N.C. State coach Kevin Keatts sat with and consoled a visibly upset Garvin. Some S.C. State players gathered around their bench with their arms around each other, while others paced around the court.
Solomon was finally taken by stretcher to the visitors’ locker room at PNC Arena as the crowd clapped in support.
Both teams left the court and went to their locker rooms.
The Wolfpack was the first team to return to the court for warmups after an announcement was made that the game would resume.
When S.C. State’s players emerged from their locker room, the crowd gave them a standing ovation.
Play resumed at 1 p.m.
S.C. State associate head coach Rio Pitt coached the Bulldogs while Garvin was with Solomon.
South Carolina State associate head coach Rio Pitt answers questions after NC State beat the Bulldogs 103-71 Saturday afternoon. Pitt said his players voted to resume game after teammate Tyvoris Solomon needed emergency medical attention. Photo by Ethan Hyman, Video by Steve Wisemanswiseman@newsobserver.com
South Carolina State coach Murray Garvin, at the hospital with Ty Solomon, texted ESPN: “Ty is awake and responding. He says to thank everyone for all the prayers.” Garvin also said that Solomon's heart stopped and he was resuscitated by South Carolina State's athletic trainer.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) December 2, 2017