RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — South Carolina State redshirt senior point guard Ty Solomon collapsed in front of the team bench and went unconscious on the Bulldogs' sideline early in the first half of Saturday's 103-71 loss at N.C. State and was revived by emergency medical personnel before being taken to a local hospital.
Early reports were that Solomon was "stable and conscious" when taken from PNC Arena.
Bulldogs head coach Murray Garvin accompanied Solomon to the hospital and later reported that the former Charleston Collegiate standout was "awake and responding" at the hospital and "he says to thank everyone for all the prayers."
Both teams exited the court and returned to their respective locker rooms. After a 40-minute delay, play resumed with associate head coach Rio Pitt and assistant coach Trevor Deloach leading the team the rest of the contest.
As of 3 p.m. on Saturday, Garvin told The Times and Democrat that Solomon is "awake and stable."
Solomon will remain in the hospital for testing and observation.
Prior to the season, Garvin spoke about how Solomon's experience and leadership would be key to leading the Bulldogs in the current campaign.
"Ty is a coach on the court," Garvin said. "I told him my goal is to be like (former Bulls and Lakers championship coach) Phil Jackson, just sit there with my legs crossed and let him run the floor and run the team.
"He has been good as gold this fall. He is the only holdover from the S.C. State team that played for the MEAC Championship. He has been there and he understands what we need."
Solomon's serious health concern adds to an already-tough start to the 2017-18 season for the Bulldogs. S.C. State (1-7 record) entered the preseason knowing it would be without starting forward Tashombe Riley, an Orangeburg-Wilkinson product who will miss this season due to an off-season knee injury, while playing organzied pro-am competition in Columbia during the summer. Riley was the second-leading scorer last season, averaging 11.4 points per game, while leading the Bulldogs in rebounding with 5.2 boards per game.
N.C. State 103
S.C. State 71
Lennard Freeman scored 19 points and Omer Yurtseven added 17 to lead the Wolfpack (7-2) in Saturday's home win.
Donte Wright scored 16 points and Rayshawn Neal had 12 for the Bulldogs, who return to action at Presbyterian College in Clinton on Tuesday at 7 p.m., before returning for the next home game in Orangeburg on Thursday at 6 p.m. against Brevard College.