Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Camby Collapses before Game, Sent to Hospital

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Camby Collapses before Game, Sent to Hospital

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Marcus Camby, the outstanding center for No. 1 Massachusetts, was in stable condition Sunday after collapsing minutes before a game against St. Bonaventure.

He was to be held overnight at Olean (N.Y.) General Hospital in an effort to determine what caused the episode six minutes before tipoff. A source at the hospital said Camby underwent a CAT scan.

"He's doing fine now," St. Bonaventure team physician Dr. Ed Griffin said after the 65-52 victory by UMass. "He's alert and knows where he is. In fact, he asked what the score was while he was in the emergency room."

Camby, 21, was accompanied to the hospital by UMass coach John Calipari. A junior from Hartford, Conn., Camby was taken by ambulance to the hospital after the Minutemen completed pregame warm-ups.

Griffin said Camby fell slowly to the floor in the corridor leading from the court to the locker room.

"He had a pulse," the doctor said. "He didn't appear to have any life-threatening problem at that moment, but he was unresponsive to verbal commands for approximately 10 minutes."

The player began to respond "slowly but appropriately" while in the ambulance.

"An incident like this puts things into the perspective they should be in," Calipari said. "Basketball is not life or death."

Sophomore Inus Norville replaced Camby in the starting lineup against the Bonnies. Assistant James Flint took over the team while Calipari went to the hospital.

Camby, 6 feet 11, is averaging 20.9 points and 7.5 rebounds. He is among the best big men in college basketball and already has been touted as a high draft choice when he decides to turn professional.

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