"It's surreal right now. I don't really know how to explain it," Zylstra said of Senior Night. "Maybe when we're out there getting our flowers for our moms and our wives, I think that's maybe when it will hit me a little bit. But as of now, it's crazy to think this will be my last game."
Cusick, a walk-on from Orem, leaped into the national spotlight last week when he hit a dramatic buzzer-beater against Utah State. Earlier in the day, Cusick learned that his dad, Randy, had been diagnosed with cancer.
"It's crazy to think this is the last (home game)," Cusick said. "For any senior, you go through that and you never think it's going to come. But it is here. I couldn't be more grateful for the career I've been able to have here. It's been a dream come true. I was a walk-on and I've been fortunate to move into significant minutes. I'm grateful for the opportunity that coach has given me to prove myself. Now we just need to finish the season strong and make it to postseason play."
Cusick has hit plenty of clutch shots for the Cougars the past couple of seasons. He said he doesn't dwell on the walk-on label.
"Being around the team for three years now, it's past that," Cusick said. "We all feel part of the team and we're all treated the same way, whether you're a walk-on or a scholarship player. That's not what motivates me. My teammates and my coaches are what motivates me to come out and play my hardest for them every day."
It's likely that Cusick, Zylstra and Davies will play at least one more time at the Marriott Center because the Cougars are expected to play at home in the NIT next month.
Because BYU is facing one of the top teams in the country Thursday, this contest "drowns out the feelings of it being my last game here," Davies said, but he added that "it has a lot of sentimental value to it."
Thursday will provide the trio with a chance to reflect a little on their disparate careers in Provo.
"It's been a long ride. But it's been nothing but positive and exciting for me," Davies said. "I wouldn't rather be anywhere else. I love my teammates and the coaches. It's been a great ride here at BYU."
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No. 2 Gonzaga (27-2, 14-0) at BYU (20-9, 9-5)
Marriott Center, Provo
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