Gene Teague suffers head injury

Updated: December 28, 2013, 8:21 AM ET
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Seton Hall center Gene Teague was wheeled off the court on a stretcher and hospitalized Friday night with a head injury.

He had dominated play with 18 points and 11 rebounds until a hard foul resulted in a scary fall with 14:42 remaining in the Pirates' 90-58 win over Lafayette.

Teague, a 6-foot-9 senior, was in the air taking an off-balance shot when he was knocked on his back by Michael Hoffman. Teague lay flat on his back, moaning, and was taken off the court with his neck stabilized after a delay of about 14 minutes.

The crowd, quieted by the injury, gave Teague a standing ovation as he left the court.

The preliminary report from Seton Hall officials was that Teague suffered a head injury and that his neck appeared to be fine.

Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard told the Newark Star-Ledger that the diagnosis was "a really bad concussion," and that Teague likely would remain hospitalized a few days for tests and observation.

"He was just knocked out," Willard told the newspaper. "He hit the floor and he was convulsing. I think that's what kind of made everybody a little scared. I had flashbacks of Herbie (Pope, who collapsed in 2010). Once he came through, it was getting him to understand where he was. He didn't know what had happened. As time kind of went through, he started relaxing a little bit."

Teague did not miss a shot in the first half, hitting all six of his attempts from the floor and both his free throws, and registered his double-double about three minutes into the second half.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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