Fans Rampage After University Of Arizona
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[March 31, 2014]
By David Schwartz
PHOENIX, Arizona (Reuters) — Basketball
fans went on a rampage, lobbing bottles and firecrackers, outside the
University of Arizona after the school's team narrowly lost to the
University of Wisconsin in an NCAA tournament game, police said on
Tucson police in riot gear used pepper spray on the unruly crowd
late on Saturday and arrested 15 people on charges of disorderly
conduct, resisting arrest and unlawful assembly, a police statement
Three of those arrested suffered minor injuries, police said.
Rioters threw bottles and other objects at police and their vehicles
but no officers were hurt.
Police said hundreds of people filled the streets near the school
after the game, but it was not clear how many were involved in the
The Wisconsin Badgers defeated the Arizona Wildcats 64-63 in
overtime at the National Collegiate Athletic Association men's
The university said in a statement the fans' behavior was
"Our basketball team had a great season and they exhibited
exceptional class at every turn," said Kendal Washington White, dean
of students. "They do not deserve the bad actions of these others."
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The university and police said they were talking to determine
whether any of those arrested were students. White said any student
found to be involved would face punishment.
(Additional reporting by Jonathan Allen;
editing by Ellen Wulfhorst
and Frances Kerry)
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