With 13:08 remaining in the first half of a game between NC State and SC State on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, senior starting point guard Ty Solomon collapsed while sitting on the bench and stopped breathing. “It was truly one of the scariest moments I’ve had, not just in coaching, but in life, period,” SC State coach Murray Garvin said on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017.
by David Compa
Immediately following Saturday’s game against N.C. State, the South Carolina State men’s basketball team departed PNC Arena and headed directly to UNC Rex Hospital. The players were met there by their coach, Murray Garvin, and ushered to the room of their fallen teammate. “It was a great moment just to see the joy on everyone’s face that their teammate was OK,” said Garvin, S.C. State’s fifth-year head coach, on Monday. With 13:08 remaining in the first half, senior starting point guard Ty Solomon collapsed while sitting on the bench and, according to Wake County EMS workers, stopped breathing. Tyler Long, a graduate student and the team’s athletic trainer, immediately administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation to Solomon with assistance from Wake County Emergency Medical Services. Players from both teams stood or knelt, and a crowd of a few thousand watched in silence. Never miss a local story. Sign up today for a free 30 day free trial of unlimited digital access. SUBSCRIBE NOW Solomon remains at Rex Hospital in stable condition. Two days after his collapse, a university community in Orangeburg, S.C., was still shaken by what happened. “It was truly one of the scariest moments I’ve had, not just in coaching, but in life, period,” Garvin said. “I respect him as a young man. He’s such an outstanding young person. He’s going to persevere through all of this.” South Carolina State head coach Murray Garvin hugs Ian Kinard (24) as Ty Solomon is attended to during the first half of N.C. State's game against South Carolina State at PNC Arena on Dec. 2, 2017. Ethan Hyman email@example.com Solomon arrived at S.C. State four years ago in tumultuous times for the basketball program and the university. Garvin had inherited a sinking program in the middle of the 2013-14 season, one suffering along with the entire university through budgetary problems that nearly led to the elimination of men’s and women’s basketball. Basketball survived the chopping block, but by Solomon’s junior season, scholarship money had been trimmed to the point where Garvin had to let some players go. Solomon was one of them. He dropped out of school and returned home to Johns