Wright State players celebrate their 74-57 win against Cleveland State with Ryan Custer after an NCAA basketball game in the Horizon League tournament championship in Detroit, Tuesday, March 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Injured forward Ryan Custer is a source of inspiration for Wright State.
Wright State won Horizon over Cleveland State and Ryan Custer, in wheelchair after shattering a vertebrae, got a championship cap pic.twitter.com/YQGHoQPGow
— Larry Lage (@LarryLage) March 7, 2018
The sophomore shattered a vertebrae in April following an accident at an off-campus party at Miami University. Custer had spinal cord surgery after the accident, putting the 6-foot-7 former Raiders forward in a wheelchair. Custer's family has been providing updates on his recovery on Facebook.
Custer was there in Detroit when the Raiders beat the Vikings 74-57 on Tuesday night in the conference title game to secure an NCAA Tournament bid.
"He has the toughest job every day to come out with energy," Wright State freshman Loudon Love said after the game, fighting back tears.
— WrightStateMBB (@WSU_MBB) March 7, 2018
The Raiders (25-9) will play in the NCAAs for the third time in school history and the first since 2007.
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