- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 30, 2014

Tucson police arrested 15 people Saturday night as scores of fans rioted in the streets and threw beer bottles and firecrackers at officers following the Wildcats’ overtime loss to Wisconsin.

Wisconsin beat Arizona 64-63 and earned a spot in the Final Four of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Minutes after the game ended, several hundred people blocked a road on the University of Arizona campus. They began tossing beer bottles, cans and firecrackers, hitting police vehicles and endangering officers, police said.

Officers fired pepper spray, pepper canisters and pepper balls to disperse the crowd.

The 15 arrests were made for offenses such as resisting, disorderly conduct and unlawful assembly, Tucson police Sgt. Pete Dugan said. Only one person was sent to Pima County jail.

There were no reports of injuries to fans or officers, but some damage to official property was reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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