MORGANTOWN, W.Va.– Last season was a memorable season for the West Virginia University basketball team and their fans, but a new season is upon and the Mountaineers are ready to make new memories.
WVU kicked off the 2015-16 season on Saturday night at the annual Blue-Gold Debut from the Coliseum.
It was an evening of reunions, autographs and lots of basketball.
The night kicked off with the raising of the Sweet 16 banner as long time broadcaster Tony Caridi addressed the crowd.
“Just standing here listening to Tony’s [Caridi] introduction, I can’t believe we’re about to start our ninth year here,” head coach Bob Huggins said. That’s unbelievable. It took me long enough to get back. I don’t want to leave.”
Huggins then made a brief statement to the Mountaineer faithful who came out on the rainy evening, telling them that the journey wasn’t near long enough last season and his team hopes to change that this go around.
“I told the guys now that we’ve hung the banner, last year is over. It was a fun ride, but it didn’t last long enough,” Huggins said. “We’re kind of hell-bent on making it last a lot longer this year.”
This season marks the ninth year since Huggins returned to WVU to coach in his home state. He has won 765 games in his collegiate coaching career.
Huggins believes in his players and that they can build off of last season’s success.
“They re-taught our coaching staff how much fun it is to have guys who care,” Huggins said. “These guys play basketball because they love to play the game. They don’t like it for other reasons.”
Former Mountaineers Gary Browne Jr., John Flowers and Juwan Staten were in attendance.
Browne coached the Gold team and Staten led the Blue team. Both players stuck around to sign autographs and pose for pictures with fans.
The Gold team came out on top, 46-24, led by Elijah Macon, Daxter Miles Jr. and Tarik Philip, who each tallied 10 points. Devin Williams had nine points for the Blue team.