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Bentley University basketball player dies after collapsing at game

Posted by Your Town  June 4, 2013 12:32 PM

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A Bentley University basketball player died Monday after collapsing at a men's recreational summer league game in Watertown, university officials said.

Joseph "Joey" Glynn, 19, collapsed Monday evening and was taken to Mount Auburn Hospital, according to a statement from University President Gloria Cordes Larson.

"Our deepest sympathies go out to Joey’s family, friends, classmates, teammates and professors as they struggle to comprehend the sudden loss of such a vibrant young life," Larson said in the statement.

Glynn, an Abington native, graduated from Cardinal Spellman High School in 2012 where he was a two-time Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic, Larson wrote. He served for two years as the captain of his basketball team, was the football captain his senior year, and lettered in baseball.

As a junior, he had the distinction of playing at Gillette Stadium and TD Garden. He scored the Cardinals' only touchdown in a 21-7 loss to Holliston in the Div. 3A Super Bowl at Gillette in December. Later that winter, he led the basketball team to the Div. 3 South title before losing to Watertown at TD Garden.

According to Glynn's biography on the Bentley website, the 6-foot-5 forward averaged 3.3 points and 3.2 rebounds per game as a freshman last season.

Program director and coach Mike Crotty Jr.praised Glynn in a story posted on ESPN Boston.

"I loved the kid, he was a great person," Crotty told ESPN Boston. "He was quiet until you got to know him, and then he was a funny kid with a great personality that everyone responded to. He was a great brother to all of his sisters, the kind of son you would want to have -- didn't do anything wrong, did what he was asked. If I had a daughter someday, my hope is that she would meet a guy like Joey Glynn."

Glynn received a full scholarship to Bentley, according to a statement published on the New England Recruiting Report website in February 2012.

Crotty praised Glynn in the report, calling him a "tough competitor" and a "versatile" athlete.

“He is a tremendous rebounder on both ends of the floor, and his athleticism allows him to be a lock down defender on forwards and guards," Crotty told the Report, adding, “I believe that his [Glynn’s] will to win, work ethic, and toughness will allow him to make an immediate and profound impact at Bentley."

As news of Glynn's death spread, community members took to Twitter to offer their condolences.

Larson said that Bentley staff are providing support for Glynn's teammates and peers. He leaves behind Joseph and Susan Glynn, and his four sisters, Kelly, Sarah, Stephanie and Ashley.

Katherine Landergan can be reached at For campus news updates, follow her on Twitter @klandergan.

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