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WVU Hoops Stars Take Alumni Game to Fairmont State

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Former Mountaineers basketball players gather at the inaugural Alumni Game in 2015. (PHOTO: Emily Coyle) Former Mountaineers basketball players gather at the inaugural Alumni Game in 2015. (PHOTO: Emily Coyle)
MORGANTOWN -

After two years and two sold out events, John Flowers is back for more this weekend.

The former Mountaineer basketball standout is hard at work planning the third annual West Virginia Men’s Basketball Alumni Game, which is set for 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 29 at Fairmont State University.

For the past two summers, some of the most recognizable names in recent WVU hoops history have returned to their old stomping grounds to show off what they’ve got left in the tank on the court. The mix of older alumni reliving their glory days and a younger crop still playing the game for a living has made for a fun and competitive event.

This year, it moves from Morgantown High School to a bigger venue just a short trip south on I-79 to Joe Retton Arena, the home of the Fairmont State Fighting Falcons. Former WVU guard Joe Mazzulla, a two-time participant in the Alumni Game, is in his first year as head coach of FSU’s program and he is opening his gym to his old teammates for the latest reunion.

“We’re going to try to get a different demographic and more people from Clarksburg and Bridgeport so we can play in front of them and have a good time,” Flowers said of the move.

It also gives Flowers a chance to bring in more fans, increasing the seating capacity from 1,500 to 3,000 at Fairmont State.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to WVU Medicine Children’s. Flowers recently made a visit to the patients in Morgantown, where he gave out tickets to the Alumni Game so the kids could see their favorite Mountaineers back in action.

“I think it’s always important to give back to a charity and show the community that we care about them as much as they care about us,” Flowers said.

Last year’s event raised $8,000 for Conquer Chiari and the inaugural Alumni Game benefitted the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment Fund.

In addition to the actual game, Flowers is bringing back the Mountaineer Mixer, which he introduced last year. The Mixer takes place Friday night at 6 p.m. at Kegler’s in Morgantown. It gives fans an opportunity to meet the alumni off of the court and spend the evening getting to know the person behind the jersey.

“Fans can just come in and mingle with the players and talk to us,” Flowers said of the Mountaineer Mixer. “We want to get to know our fans and I know they want to get to know us. So just come and learn about what we’re doing now and what we’ve been doing overseas since we graduated. It’ll be a lot of fun.”

Fans can log on to JFlowEnt.com to purchase tickets for the West Virginia Basketball Alumni Game.

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