Eastern Connecticut State men's basketball player Antwoine Key died Thursday evening at a local Worcester, Mass., hospital after collapsing earlier in the evening in the opening minutes of the team's game at Worcester State. The game was suspended, and following unsuccessful attempts to revive the player, paramedics rushed him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The exact cause of death has not been released.
Key, 22, was a sports and leisure management major and a 2001 graduate of West Roxbury (Mass.) High School.
"We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss," said school president David G. Carter. "Antwoine loved basketball. He was a shining example of what is good and noble about student-athletes. Antwoine had a smile that was contagious; his whole being inspired everyone around him. He will be sorely missed here at Eastern. Our prayers go out to his family and his teammates during this difficult time."
The school's games with Southern Maine on Saturday have been postponed.
Key was in his second year with the program after transferring from Southern Connecticut State in the fall of 2003. A 6-4 inch guard, Key had started all 14 games this year and was averaging 7.6 points and 2.8 rebounds, having set career highs in points each of the previous two games.