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George Mason Player Has Heart Attack

May 10, 2002

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FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) _ George Mason junior guard Darren Tarver had a heart attack while taking a break during a pickup basketball game, school officials said Friday.

Tarver, from Akron, Ohio, went into cardiac arrest at the school’s John Linn Memorial Gymnasium, team physician Dr. Frank Pettrone said Friday. EMS rescue personnel arrived within three minutes and stabilized Tarver’s condition before transporting him to INOVA Fairfax Hospital, where he was in stable condition on Friday, Pettrone said.

Tarver, a transfer from Wabash Valley (Ill.) Community College, averaged 18 points in three games for the Patriots before a stress fracture in his left foot ended his season. He scored 29 points in the Patriots’ season-opening victory over Niagara.

Tarver averaged 16.7 points and was named the national junior college player of the year in 2001 after leading his team to a 36-1 record and the NJCAA national championship.

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