South Carolina State's Tyvoris Solomon revived after collapsing on bench

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South Carolina State guard Tyvoris Solomon was rushed to a hospital Saturday afternoon after his heart stopped during the Bulldogs' 103-71 loss to? NC State.

Bulldogs coach Murray Garvin told ESPN's Jeff Goodman that Solomon was "awake and responding" at Rex Hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina.?A Rex Hospital spokeswoman said Solomon was in fair condition.

Garvin accompanied Solomon to the hospital, but the game resumed at 1 p.m. ET after a delay of approximately 40 minutes.

Bulldogs assistant Rio Pitt, who took over after Garvin left, said the coaching staff let the players decide whether they wanted to continue playing. He said their decision was unanimous.?

"They said we'll do what Ty would do, and Ty would have told us to go out there and play, and that's the response the guys gave us," Pitt said.?

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

The incident occurred with about 13 minutes remaining in the first half during a stoppage of play, when medical officials were examining NC State's Markell Johnson for an apparent knee injury.

The focus quickly shifted to South Carolina State's bench area, however, as emergency medical personnel rushed to the area.

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

Garvin told Goodman that Solomon was resuscitated by South Carolina State's athletic trainer.

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

"This is sport, this is entertainment," Pitt said. "But at the end of the day, friends and family always comes first. And moments like these just kind of give you a quick refresher and put things in perspective."?

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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