Nugent2After scoring 1,000 points as a high school basketball standout in New Jersey, Cory Weissman played sparingly during his freshman season at Gettysburg College.  He was scoreless in his first year at the Division III school in Pennsylvania.  Following the season, Cory suffered a stroke.  He was unable to walk for two weeks and his whole left side was paralyzed.  He worked hard to recover and return to the court, but was never medically cleared for full contact.  Cory remained part of the Gettysburg team, but was relegated to watching from the bench.  Fast forward to his senior year and Feb. 12, 2012.  Gettysburg hosted Washington College of Maryland on Senior Night.  Washington head coach Rob Nugent and Gettysburg head coach George Petrie devised a plan to start Cory.  He was announced to loud applause from all fans and both benches.  After winning the opening tip, a Washington player handed the ball to Cory, who immediately rolled the ball out of bounds and was subbed out of the game.  If the story ended there, it would have been inspirational enough.  But Gettysburg built a large lead late and Coach Petrie inserted Cory back in the game with less than a minute to play.  In the final seconds, Coach Nugent called a timeout.  He gathered his players and instructed them to foul Cory as quickly as they could.  A Washington assistant coach alerted Coach Petrie of what the Shoremen intended to do so that Cory would receive the inbound pass.  The senior was fouled, went to the free throw line and missed his first shot.  With the crowd on its feet, Cory sank the second.  He scored the first – and only – collegiate point of his career.  There wasn’t a dry eye in the gymnasium.  Cory called Coach Nugent one of the classiest coaches he had ever played against.  In a letter to Washington officials, Gettysburg athletic director Dave Wright wrote that Nugent, along with his coaching staff and student-athletes, displayed a measure of compassion that he had never witnessed in over 30 years of involvement in intercollegiate athletics.