STORRS, CONN. (AP) - Fans who were celebrating UConn’s national championship were causing minor property damage on campus and in Storrs, and several have been arrested.
Campus police 12 people have been arrested there, five of them students. UConn police Maj. Ronald Blicher said early Tuesday that most of the charges involve vandalism and criminal mischief.
He says one car was flipped over and a couple of fires were started in Dumpsters.
At an apartment complex off campus, a couch was set on fire and a car was overturned. State police say a crowd of 200 or so had gathered, and some were throwing bottles at troopers. They were using dogs to disband the crowd.
Authorities say that arrests were made off campus, but it’s not clear how many people were taken into custody nor what they were charged with.
Associated Press videojournalist Ted Shaffrey contributed to this report.
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STORRS, Conn. (AP) _ Thousands of Connecticut students stormed the court at Gampel Pavilion on Monday night as if the Huskies had just won the national championship at home.
More than 8,000 fans, mostly students, had nearly filled UConn’s home arena to watch the game on the scoreboards and three large screens set up on the floor.
They erupted every time the Huskies scored. The sound became deafening when Jeremy Lamb made a 3-pointer to put UConn ahead in the second half. And with about 30 seconds left and the game no longer in doubt, they began pouring onto the arena floor to celebrate UConn’s third national championship, and first since 2004.
“Oh my God, Oh my God,” screamed UConn women’s basketball star Maya Moore, as she put her hands on her head while watching her fellow students bounce up and down at midcourt.
The students then streamed out of the arena onto Stadium and Hillside Roads for a street party that lasted into the early morning.
“We became Huskies for this reason,” said Kaitlyn Herman, a sophomore from Boston. “To just feel this school spirit, to all be here together, just cheering on this one team and just to celebrate together. It’s what we stand for.”
The students began filling Gampel Pavilion two hours before game time, chanting “Kemba Walker,” and “U-C-O-N-N, UConn, UConn, UConn.”