The loss of the Final Four of the State of Michigan leads unruly crowds to the streets, 23 arrested



Cbadius Winston of Michigan State, left, and Matt McQuaid react after the team's 61-51 loss to Texas Tech. (AP Photo / David J. Phillip)

Cbadius Winston of Michigan State, left, and Matt McQuaid react after the team's 61-51 loss to Texas Tech. (AP Photo / David J. Phillip)

Hundreds of disappointed Michigan State basketball fans caused chaos on the streets of East Lansing after the Spartans' 61-51 loss to Texas Tech in the national semifinal on Saturday night, throwing bottles and knocking down signals, according to the local police.

The East Lansing Police Department said in a statement on Sunday that the crowd gathered at a downtown intersection immediately after the game. Approximately 30 minutes later, the fans moved to another intersection where they began to block traffic and throw glbad bottles into the air. Officials estimated that the crowd was between 1,200 and 1,500 people at its peak.

The department said that on Saturday night there were 23 arrests, all but one for minor crimes. The department also said firefighting teams responded to 10 small fires throughout the city, which "consisted of small furniture and no significant-sized crowds gathered around these fires."

Two posters and a police van were also damaged.

Students and Michigan State fans have a history of ungovernable behavior after important basketball games. In 1999, after a Final Four loss to Duke, thousands of students and fans rioted off campus, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages and causing 132 arrests. The smaller riots followed a loss to North Carolina in the 2005 Final Four, and also after the school's soccer team won the Big Ten championship in 2013.

Police in Lubbock, Texas, were also busy Saturday night when fans celebrating the Texas Tech victory took to the streets around the school's campus, putting out traffic and setting fires.

The videos and photos showed at least one fire burning on a street and a car overturned.

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"Do not burn Lubbock before we return," Red Raiders guard Matt Mooney said on Sunday before the practice before Monday's national championship game against Virginia. "I know it was crazy out there, I just know for sure."

The city of Lubbock said in a statement that hundreds of fans gathered near the campus and "engaged in extremely dangerous and disappointing behavior that included acts of vandalism."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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