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Fairmont State Men's Basketball Looking for Big Crowd Against No. 2 Bellarmine

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FAIRMONT -

Christmas time is right around the corner, which means college students are back home spending the holiday with their families. That also means less of a fan base for college sporting events during the holiday season. The Fairmont State men's basketball team is trying to change that on Thursday.

"Today we're going to give out some tickets so that we can have much more fan support at the games and things like that. I think it's great for everyone to come out and see us play and see how hard we work. So that everybody can be a part of the success and not just us, because we don't just do it for us. We do it for the whole community," Fairmont State freshman guard Shammgod Wells said.

"We've got to get the community involved because without the community we have no fans, and without fans we don't have the energy to go out and compete," Falcons sophomore forward Tommy Scales said.

FSU players ventured up and down a very busy Fairmont Avenue on Tuesday evening, handing out free tickets to the public at every store you can think of. All of this in preparation for the Bellarmine Knights, who arrive in Fairmont on Thursday as the number-two-ranked team in the nation, and winners of seven straight games.

"They just work good together. They have one player that's really good and then the rest of the other players that just know their role. They just know where they're supposed to be at on the court," Well said.

"It's the number two team in the country. It's just a good opportunity to get Fairmont back on the map where we should be," Fairmont State freshman forward Trevor Andrews-Evans said.

It's a big game that players say will be even bigger if the community shows up.

"I think the more we get, then the more advantage that we have. We have a big gym and it holds a lot of people. So I think if we can get around 3,000 or maybe more. That will be a huge deal. It's always going to be a good game when you have the number two team in the country coming in. So we're expecting a good outcome," Falcons junior guard Chase Morgan said.