Auburn hoops bidding farewell to aging coliseum

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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn basketball is about to say goodbye to
Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum.

The Tigers play their final game in the 42-year-old arena
Wednesday night against Mississippi State. They move to Auburn
Arena for next season.

Auburn will celebrate with a video montage of coliseum
highlights. Wally Tinker made the first basket in the facility in
1969 against LSU and Pete Maravich. After the game, he'll make the
final one.

Beard-Eaves has been home to a 60-point performance by John
Mengelt against Alabama and a couple of Southeastern Conference
champion Auburn teams. Elvis, The Rolling Stones and Bruce
Springsteen have performed at the now-aging facility.

Wednesday's game will also be the home finale for seniors Lucas
Hargrove, Brendon Knox, Johnnie Lett, DeWayne Reed and Tay Waller.

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