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Gates Center rockin'

When Deilvez Yearby hammered home a game-tying dunk with 1:28 remaining, Hilliard Gates Sports Center - and pay attention here - became as loud as any gym I've ever been in.

And I covered IU for many, many years.

I know one has to be careful here about being perceived as a "homer." But if the good IPFW chancellor Michael Wartell was paying attention - and he was in the house Thursday night - even he would have to see (and hear, and feel) what an influence the crowd had in IPFW's 61-56 win over Southern Utah.

Memorial Coliseum? Dead.

Gates Center on Thursday? It literally made my ears ring.

After the game, junior guard Zach Plackemeier said that all the guys were talking in the locker room about the crowd and the loud gym.

Even IPFW coach Dane Fife, who has gone on record of saying he would like to play all of his games at Gates, stood in front of the rowdy students section and pumped his fist after the game.

Clearly, the school's contract with the Coliseum will be upheld next year and the length of the contract, but when it runs out, the school should think about playing every game on campus. It was a great atmosphere.

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