Thursday , Jan , 20 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Eastern Connecticut player dies following on-court collapse

=== Eastern Connecticut player dies following on-court collapse ===

Worcester, MS (Sports Network) – Eastern Connecticut guard Antwoine Key died
on Thursday after he collapsed in the opening minutes of his team’s game at
Worcester State.

Emergency personnel tried repeatedly to revive the 22-year-old Key and rushed
him to a Worcester hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Eastern officials

It was not immediately known what caused Key to collapse.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss,” said Eastern 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.”

Key, a transfer from Southern Connecticut in the fall of 2003, was averaging
7.6 points per game and 2.8 rebounds as he started all 14 games this season
for Eastern Connecticut.