Just a couple days after Independence Day, the West Virginia basketball Alumni Game was a fireworks show of its own. In the fifth-annual edition of the event, former Mountaineer stars came together to put on a show for fans — and help out a good cause as well.
The contest featured stars from several generations of Mountaineer basketball, with players like Devin Williams, Da’Sean Butler, and Juwan Staten making impacts.
Jaysean Paige, who was last year’s standout with 57 points, got the scoring started by putting the game’s first 5 points on the board for the White team. Blue then quickly jumped in front 18-11 before the first substitutes were put in for the first quarter.
The score would teeter back and forth into halftime, where White took a commanding 15-point lead.
While much of what fans saw would be familiar, some players brought newer aspects to their game that might not have been there during their time in Morgantown. Devin Williams, who is renowned for his rebounding, put on a show from deep. His shooting would help facilitate a comeback for the Blue team, making six buckets from downtown in the second half. He attempted just one three-pointer in his three-year WVU career.
Blue would claw back using their dunks and three-pointers, eventually taking the lead back in the fourth quarter. The lead would change hands until the final possession, when the White team had the last shot down by three points.
John Flowers, who was one of the main organizers of the event, found himself with the ball in his hands. With tight defense on him, he jumped up behind the three-point arc, and drained it to send it to overtime.
With the crowd into it, the White team would prevail in the overtime off of a Juwan Staten game-winner, 140-137.
All of this competition was for a good cause, and the proceeds from the event will go to Special Olympics West Virginia.