University of Arizona Loses, Students Riot
15 arrested in Tucson after team suffers narrow overtime loss
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2014 6:59 AM CDT
Students clash against Tucson police officers on University Avenue, Saturday, March 29, 2014 after Arizona's loss to Wisconsin 64-63.   (AP Photo/Arizona Daily Star, Carlos Herrera)

(Newser) – Wisconsin handed the University of Arizona a narrow overtime loss last night, and the student body cheering on the latter didn't exactly take it well, clogging a main thoroughfare in Tucson and chucking beer bottles and firecrackers at pepper spray-wielding police officers. Police eventually managed to clear the streets, but arrested 15 people along the way; of those, 14 were released, reports the AP. A police spokesman says that crowds emptied out of bars and restaurants along University Boulevard after the game, and refused to leave in spite of warnings via a PA system and social media.

A witness says everything was going swimmingly until "people got in cops' faces" and cans started flying. Deadspin notes that things quickly deteriorated to the point that students were shot with bean bags; the Daily Wildcat chronicled events via its Twitter feed. Meanwhile, the Florida Gators became the first team to advance to the Final Four last night.

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noazrk
Mar 31, 2014 4:09 PM CDT
I watched this on the news. One guy in boxers and a suit jacket was standing there looking at the cops with his arms opened wide, then 4 cops in riot gear charged at him and one punched him in the face while he just stood there. Normally I take the cops side over drunk idiots but unless this guy did something horrible 5 seconds or more before they charged him, this was uncalled for! We can't be the only ones who saw this, it should be a slam dunk lawsuit unless the cops can show video of anything he did before the news footage. I'll curiously keep looking into this.
Dave0
Mar 31, 2014 1:44 PM CDT
Colleges turning out idiots....whadda country....spread the 'joy'!
HANKHILL
Mar 31, 2014 10:55 AM CDT
dumb azz kids! this be only a game after all!