Courtside heroes saved basketball player's life: 'I love those guys'
S.C. State senior guard Tyvoris Solomon remained hospitalized, but conscious, at Raleigh’s Rex Hospital Saturday night after he collapsed during a basketball game against N.C. State at PNC Arena.
“I am elated and overjoyed to report that Ty Solomon is awake and responsive,” S.C. State coach Murray Garvin said in a statement released on Twitter. “His family is with him and he has started the healing process. Prayer still works! Please continue to pray for us as we heal and recover from this scary ordeal.”
Solomon was in the starting lineup for the Bulldogs for Saturday’s game, which tipped off at noon. Garvin removed him from the game with 16:02 remaining in the first half. A few minutes later, Garvin collapsed and fell unconscious while sitting on the bench and required emergency medical attention, including CPR.
Garvin and S.C. State athletic director Stacy Danley credited the team’s athletic trainer, Ty Long. as well as EMS personnel for quickly attending to Solomon.
“He along with the EMS staff rose to the occasion and saved Ty’s life,” Garvin said.
The game was delayed 40 minutes while Solomon was treated and resuscitated. The crowd fell silent. Some players were in tears. Many prayed.
“I witnessed an arena that came together in prayer and displayed genuine concern for this young man,” Garvin said. “I have received tweets, emails, phone calls and text from around the world with prayers for Ty and our team. Sports has the amazing ability to bring us all together for the good of humanity. The fans and administration of N.C. State were phenomenal and we appreciate your support and well wishes.”
Garvin accompanied Solomon to the hospital, leaving associate head coach Rio Pitt with the team.
Garvin told Pitt to let the S.C. State players decide if they wanted to continue the game. Pitt said the players voted unanimously to play.
When S.C. State’s players ran out of the locker room to return to the court for warmups, the PNC Arena crowd gave them a standing ovation. N.C. State’s cheerleaders lined their route to the court and cheered.
Already leading 22-5 when the game was delayed, N.C. State won the game, 103-71.
But that game was secondary to Solomon’s health.
“It puts everything else in perspective,” N.C. State coach Kevin Keatts said. “At that moment, basketball is not important.”
With Solomon still recovering from the life-threatening event, Garvin asked for continued prayers for his player’s health.
“We are extremely thankful that Ty is stable and continuing to recover,” S.C. State’s Danley said in a statement released on the school’s website. “On behalf of SC State University, I would like to thank the NC State Athletic Department Administration, medical staff, first responders and our athletic trainer, Tyler Long, for the extraordinary assistance provided to Ty. Their overall performance was phenomenal and for that we are deeply appreciative and grateful. Please continue to keep Ty and his family in your prayers as he continues down the road of recovery.”