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Mountaineer Legend Levi Phillips Passes Away



The West Virginia men’s basketball program made the unfortunate announcement on Tuesday morning that Mountaineer legend Levi Phillips had passed away.

Phillips’ death on Tuesday was caused by an illness.

Phillips is most known for in WVU history for scoring the first points in the WVU Coliseum. Phillips played for West Virginia from 1970-74 under head coach Sony Moran, where he averaged 12.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 54 career games.

On Feb. 6, the basketball program invited Phillips back to the WVU Coliseum to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the building opening. Phillips hung out with former teammates and fellow Mountaineers while being honored that day.

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Ethan Bock is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in journalism at WVU. He currently is an intern with the Final Fourcast podcast. Ethan has covered WVU football and men’s basketball for the last year. He is from Cincinnati, Ohio.

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