BYU's Craig Cusick Hits Game Winner After Learning Dad Has Cancer (Video)

By Jon Hancock
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The BYU Cougars were able to beat the Utah State Aggies Tuesday night thanks to a last-second shot by guard Craig Cusick. The shot was amazing, but it is just part of Cusick’s game story. Just hours before the game, the 6’2″ senior found out his dad, Randy, was diagnosed with cancer.

The game was tied at 68, with five seconds to go.  BYU’s Matt Carlino took a shot from three to win the game. When it missed, Cusick got the rebound and shots it up for the win.

That was Cusick’s only field goal, he ended the game with four points, five rebounds and three steals.

“It’s great that I made the shot, but I give all the credit in the world to my teammates during the game,” Cusick told Jeff Call of the Desert News. “I made one shot the whole game.”

It is a great story – the kind they make movies out of. It inspires and makes you appreciate every moment you have in your life.

It is also one of the reasons sports is so great. You watch players struggle through off-the-court issues, and you can watch those same players win the game for their teams. That’s one of the reasons I enjoy writing about stories like this so much.

“As a player, you couldn’t dream it any better,” said Cusick. “I was just fortunate. … I saw that when Matt shot it there was a chance it would be a little bit short. I ran to where I thought it was going to come off and I was fortunate.”

BYU will play St. Mary‘s Thursday night on the road. The Cougars are 1.5 games behind St. Marys for second place in the West Coast Conference.


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