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Police Contain UConn Students After National Championship

Updated: 04/08/2014 1:55 PM
Created: 04/08/2014 5:54 AM KSTP.com
By: Jennie Olson

Police used pepper balls to control some rowdy fans and several couch fires were lit in the streets after Kentucky fell to Connecticut in the NCAA basketball championship final.

Susan Straub, a spokeswoman for the city of Lexington, said 19 couch fires were lit overnight in the State Street area. There were 23 injuries, most of them minor and treated at the scene. She confirmed 31 arrests but had no further details in a statement released Tuesday.

She said in the statement that one of the injured was hit by a train in the State Street area and taken to a hospital. She had no further word on that person's condition or identity.

Shirtless youths streamed into the streets soon after Kentucky's 60-54 loss to Connecticut on Monday night. Some were crying and others hugging after the defeat. The crowd continued to grow after the game despite a chilly, rain-soaked night in the Lexington area.

Some fights broke out, but police used pepper balls to control the most unruly fans before the crowd dispersed overnight.

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Connecticut State Police move students away from the student union area after they gathered to celebrate their team's 60-54 victory over Kentucky in the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday.
Photo: AP/ Jessica Hill
A Connecticut student cheers inside Gampel Pavilion in Storrs., Conn., Monday April 7, 2014, as they watch the broadcast of the UConn men's basketball team attempt to win a fourth NCAA title and a second in the last four years against Kentucky.
Photo: AP/Jessica Hill
Connecticut forward DeAndre Daniels, and guard Niels Giffey celebrate after their team beat Kentucky 60-54 at the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas.
Photo: AP/David J. Phillip

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