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San Diego State vs. UC Riverside final score: Polee leaves after collapsing in first half, Aztecs win 61-33

The Aztecs thoroughly outplayed the Highlanders on both sides of the ball tonight.

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The San Diego State Aztecs (9-3) beat the UC Riverside Highlanders (6-5) tonight 61-33 at Viejas Arena. But for 15 minutes tonight, nobody in the gym cared about basketball.

With about 11 minutes left in the first half, SDSU forward Dwayne Polee II seemed to lose his balance and stumbled face-first to the ground while defending his man. Matt Shrigley immediately called a timeout, presumably because he saw what viewers at home saw: Polee unconscious on the ground with his eyes seemingly rolled back.

Polee's parents, Steve Fisher, SDSU's athletic trainer and paramedics tended to Polee, who was on the ground for about 15 minutes. He appeared to regain consciousness relatively quickly after falling to the ground. The paramedics hooked equipment up the Polee's chest and eventually lifted him to a stretcher set to a sitting position. Polee fist-pumped his teammates and waved to the crowd as he and his parents were taken out of the arena to an ambulance that drove them to a nearby hospital.

An SDSU official told the AP's Bernie Wilson that Polee was "completely responsive" as he left the arena and that it was unknown what happened.

"He smiled and was high-fiving everyone for us to win the game," coach Brian Dutcher told FOX Sports San Diego.

After this scary moment, somehow players on both teams had to turn their attention back to basketball. The Aztecs opened up a 7-2 scoring run after resuming play, and the Highlanders were never really in this game.

Aqeel Quinn scored SDSU's first 12 points, and he wound up with 18 points on 6-12 shooting. This was his second game back from hand surgery and his first game back since missing most of the second half against Ball State with a hip pointer.

Skylar Spencer didn't light up the scoreboard tonight, but he blocked four shots and altered countless more.

J.J. O'Brien continues his consistent solid play, scoring 12 points, grabbing eight boards and dishing out four assists.

The Aztecs only committed nine turnovers; they entered tonight's game averaging about 14 per game.

SDSU shot slightly below 40 percent, but it held Riverside to shoot just 27.5 percent.

Also, here's an SDSU stat you don't see every day: the Aztecs made eight 3-pointers. Quinn drained five, and O'Brien, Shrigley and Malik Pope each added one of their own.

Pope played his best minutes of the season tonight, scoring five points on 2-5 shooting and grabbing three boards. At least one of our writers hopes we'll be seeing much more of Pope in SDSU's upcoming games.

Guard Jaylen Bland led the Highlanders with nine points on 3-12 shooting. The Highlanders committed 17 turnovers.

SDSU next hosts San Diego Christian College Dec. 27 at 7 p.m. PT.

Riverside next hosts the Morgan State Bears at 7 p.m. PT on Dec. 30.