Tuesday, December 23, 2014

SDSU's Dwayne Polee collapses on court during game (VIDEO)

San Diego State forward Dwayne Polee II suddenly collapsed on the court during a game against UC Riverside on Monday night and was tended to by a paramedic for several minutes before being stretchered off the court.

The crowd at Viejas Arena gave Polee a standing ovation as he was lifted onto the gurney after being hooked up to an electrocardiogram machine. Polee was conscious as he was wheeled off the court. While his teammates came over and gave him fist-bumps, the former St. John's player pumped his fists toward the crowd.

"I said, 'Dwayne, you're going to be fine,'" coach Steve Fisher said after the game. "He said, `I'm OK coach. Tell them to win the game.'"

SDSU officials didn't immediately know what happened. Fisher said after the Aztecs' 61-33 victory that a doctor told SDSU head athletic trainer Tom Abdenour that Polee was "alert and responsive" after being admitted to a hospital.

Polee had missed a layup and teammate J.J. O'Brien scored on a tip-in for a 14-8 lead with more than 11 minutes left in the half. Polee turned and ran down the floor and collapsed face-first near the key opposite SDSU's bench.

Right after he fell, someone in the crowd hollered, "Call 911!" and teammates Matt Shrigley and Dakarai Allen quickly called for a timeout.

Polee's father and mother came out of the stands to be near their son. His father, Dwayne Sr., is director of player development at the University of San Francisco.

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