The 2016 edition of the West Virginia Basketball Alumni Game featured some new faces, but much like last year's inaugural game, was filled with dunks, alley-oops and a barrage of 3-point shooting. The two teams featured players who played under Gale Catlett, John Beilein and Bob Huggins, and the Blue team featured a starting line-up that paid homage to the 2010 final four team: Darryl Bryant, John Flowers, Devin Ebanks, Kevin Jones, and Da'Sean Butler. On paper you would have assumed that the Blue team would have no problem handling the White team, but the hot shooting of Gary Browne (29 points) and Mike Gansey (22 points) helped propel the White team to 137 point performance and a 33 point victory. Browne was named the game's overall MVP and after the game Flowers jokingly named Gansey the game's "Over 30" MVP.
Even in defeat the Blue team showcased impressive athleticism throughout the night as Ebanks, Flowers and Jones attacked the rim for several dunks and alley-oops. Flowers joked that it wasn't the outcome that he expected after the game but he was still pleased with the event.
"We raised a lot of money for a great cause," Flowers said. "We had a great time playing with all of our old teammates again and it was just a lot of fun. My team wasn't ready for (the game) to be that competitive from the jump ball but it was a good time."
A large portion of the money that was raised for Conquer Chiari, the charity that benefited from tonight's game, came at half time when Billy Hahn auctioned a signed locker for $2,400.
After the game Gary Browne spoke about his improved shooting from behind the arc.
"Sometimes after you're done with your career you realize (there are) some things you have to work on," Browne said about his shooting. "It's been like that since I left."
Browne also talked about the opportunity to come back to Morgantown.
"I love West Virginia. It's a very peaceful place," Browne said.
Although most of the night featured light-hearted joking between between players and contests that allowed multiple fans to win autographed memorabilia, there was a somber moment of silence before the game honoring Jaxen Kettler, the son of WVU basketball strength coach Andy Kettler who passed away earlier this week after battling cancer. Players wore patches with the initials "JK" in Kettler's honor. The alumni game proved to be a big success once again as it was both entertaining and competitive, and most importantly it helped a great cause.