It has been a brutal weekend for Cassius Winston and his family, but the star point guard still suited up for Michigan State on Sunday.

The bad news came on Saturday evening with the report that his brother, Zachary, was struck and killed by a train in Albion, Michigan. Zachary and Khy Winston, Cassius’ brothers, were both teammates on Albion’s basketball team and recently played Michigan State in an exhibition game.

Despite that heartbreaking news, there was a report Sunday afternoon that Cassius was still going to play against Binghamton. After a moment of silence for Zachary prior to the game, Cassius did start and played well, posting a double-double with 17 points and 11 assists in a blowout win.

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After the win, Tom Izzo addressed the loss of Zachary, as well as Cassius’ decision to play. He mentioned that Zachary had spent a lot of time with this Spartan team and almost felt like a part of the team itself. He told the team to play tonight with a broken heart.

Izzo also mentioned that he was surprised Cassius wanted to play but also understands every person grieves in different ways. He said there wasn’t much discussion with Winston about his decision as he was wanting to give him his space. Fortunately, Winston was able to have his dad and brother in the stands for the game.

Chris Solari with the Detroit Free Press shared Izzo’s post-game comments: