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A student walks past Anderson Arena on the Bowling Green State University campus Feb. 23, 2011, in Bowling Green, Ohio.

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Anderson Arena was under construction on April 16, 1961.

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A Falcons player goes for a rebound during a Feb. 5, 1961, game against University of Toledo at Bowling Green's Anderson Arena.

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BGSU greats, pictured on Nov. 30, 1962: Pat Haley, left, was named Bowling Green's head basketball coach in 1971, becoming the school's first coach to direct a team after playing on it as an undergraduate; Bob Dwors, center, captain and team MVP of the 1964-65 Falcon basketball team, led the Falcons in rebounds his junior and senior seasons and in scoring his last year; and W. Harold Anderson, right, who coached the Bowling Green basketball team for 21 years, leading it to a record of 362 wins and 185 losses.

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Nate Thurmond was coached by Harold Anderson when he played for Bowling Green State University in the early 1960s. Thurmond would go on to an impressive professional career as one of the greatest rebounders and shot blockers in NBA history.

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Bowling Green takes on Marquette on March 5, 1971, in Anderson Arena.

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The at-capacity crowd cheers March 15, 1989, during a women's basketball tournament at Anderson Arena.

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A Michigan State defender tries to block the shot of a Bowling Green player during a Dec. 1, 1990, game.

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Bowling Green squares off against Miami in a men's basketball game Feb. 2, 2002, in Anderson Arena.

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David McCarthy and Susan McCarthy, father and sister of Sara Jean McCarthy, address more than 1,000 people at "A Celebration of Friendship," a memorial service at Anderson Arena on the campus of Bowling Green State University. Sara Jean McCarthy, Jackie Ahlers, Andrea Bakker, Ryan Leigh Foss, Jessica Hedlund, and Michelle Saunders were killed in a car accident on their return from spring break in Florida.

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Alex Wright, 22, of Wapakontea, Ohio, was BGSU mascot Freddie the Falcon while a student and wore his Freddie shoes during the BGSU commencement May 6, 2006. He received a bachelor of arts degree, majoring in geography and political science.

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Holgate and Van Buren boys basketball teams compete in the Division IV regional championship game March 16, 2007, at BGSU's Anderson Arena.

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Holgate's Joe Baker cuts a piece of the net at Anderson Arena after his team won the Division IV regional championship game March 16, 2007.

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Ali Mann and the rest of the BGSU women's basketball team greet fans March 22, 2007, before departing Anderson Arena to take a charter flight to Greensboro from Toledo Express.

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Sunbeams stream through a window at Anderson Arena as lighting technicians Trevor LaChelle and Sarah Rasmussen prepare for the Team Xtreme show April 19, 2007.

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Fan John Linus Kreinbrink III picks up Ottawa-Glandorf's head coach Josh Leslie after the team's victory in the Division III regional boys final March 9, 2008, at BGSU's Anderson Arena.

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Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin campaigns at Anderson Arena on Oct. 29, 2008.

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The Bowling Green State University women's basketball team reacts to beating Syracuse during the Women's National Invitation Tournament game March 22, 2009, at Anderson Arena in Bowling Green.

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Bowling Green State University's Jessica Slagle (14) makes a three-point basket against Ohio University's Thia Gholson (32) on Feb. 13, 2010, at Anderson Arena.

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Libbey's Maurice Taylor (30) goes to the net against Wauseon's Colt Humbert (34) during the Division II district semifinal March 10, 2010, at Anderson Arena.

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The Bowling Green women's team celebrate its 79-68 victory over Vanderbilt University on Dec. 1, 2010, at Anderson Arena.

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Florida International head coach and former Detroit Piston great Isiah Thomas jokes with Bowling Green State University head coach Louis Orr before a Dec. 12, 2010, game at Anderson Arena.

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Bowling Green's Torian Oglesby dunks the ball against Miami in men's basketball action Jan. 16, 2011, at Anderson Arena.

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Bowling Green's Torian Oglesby (32) and Danny McElroy (33) celebrate a win over Miami on Jan. 16, 2011.

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