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Columbus State coach Jonathan Norton collapses on court

KEVIN PRICE kprice@ledger-enquirer.com

Columbus State women's basketball coach Jonathan Norton.
Columbus State women's basketball coach Jonathan Norton.

Columbus State women's basketball coach Jonathan Norton did not suffer a heart attack as was first feared on Wednesday night, according to radio announcer Scott Miller.

Miller received the updated information from Norton's father who was with Norton at a Gainesville, Ga., hospital.

CSU held a two-point lead, 53-51, with 8:50 left in the game when Norton fell face down on to the court. Miller said someone on the CSU bench said Norton clutched his chest as he collapsed.

Norton, 43, was treated on the sideline before being taken out of the gym on a stretcher and to a Gainesville, Ga., hospital for full cardiac treatment.

Miller said Norton was complaining of chest pain and pain in his left shoulder where he landed.

CSU assistant athletic trainer Josh Remy told Miller that Norton's vital signs were stable when he was taken out of the gym. Remy said his heart rate was elevated but had slowed down.

CSU assistant coach Kiersten Reid assumed the head coach's role when the game resumed after a lengthy delay.

Norton is in his seventh season as CSU's head coach, having taken over for program founder Jay Sparks.

North Georgia won the game 73-70 in overtime. CSU is 12-2 and 6-1 in the Peach Belt Conference. Michelle Mitchell led CSU with 24 points.

CSU is scheduled to play at Augusta on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

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