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South Florida point guard Anthony Collins injured in win over George Mason

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South Florida point guard Anthony Collins was taken off the court on a stretcher midway through the second half against George Mason after taking a knee in the head during a scramble for the ball.

South Florida coach Stan Heath told reporters after the game that Collins had neck pain which led to paramedics stabilizing his head and neck and taking him to a local hospital. Heath said Collins had sensation in his extremities when he was taken off the court. Collins had left the game earlier after being poked in the eye.

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The Bulls went on to win the game 61-57 and it remained uncertain Saturday evening how much time Collins might miss. If he is out for any significant period, it would be a big blow for the Bulls. Collins has produced double-digit assist totals three times this season. He was off to a strong start before the injury with six points, six assists and five rebounds in 27 minutes.

"AC does have sensation in his extremities, in his hands and feet, so that's a good sign. We'll learn a little bit more tonight. They're still doing tests on him," Heath said. "... We already came into the game a little shorthanded, and we're banged up even more. I'll give our team a lot of credit. We could have folded and we didn't. We battled. We played really hard ... we fought like crazy on the defensive end and made some tough plays as well."

Collins wasn't the only casualty for the Bulls. Heath said forward Victor Rudd suffered a concussion in the second half, too.

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