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Dozens of arrests made after UConn's win

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People were spotted knocking over a stop sign near Gampel Pavilion. People were spotted knocking over a stop sign near Gampel Pavilion.
A championship viewing party was held at Gampel Pavilion. The arena was filled to capacity, roughly 10,100 people. A championship viewing party was held at Gampel Pavilion. The arena was filled to capacity, roughly 10,100 people.
Thousands of UConn students rush out of Gampel. Thousands of UConn students rush out of Gampel.
The Information Technology Engineering Building has been broken into, and a window was damaged. The Information Technology Engineering Building has been broken into, and a window was damaged.
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Damage was reported throughout the UConn campus as students celebrated the Huskies' NCAA national championship victory.

The University of Connecticut Huskies defeated the Kentucky Wildcats, 60-54, in the national championship game in Arlington, TX, on Monday night.

"It was crazy," said sophomore Ben Koomson. "I still can't believe it. It's surreal."

A championship viewing party was held at Gampel Pavilion. However, the arena was filled to capacity and roughly 10,100 people were turned away.

Once the Huskies claimed victory, thousands of fans ran out Gampel Pavilion.

"Everybody going crazy, running around campus, having a blast," said Ryan Schaefer, a UConn junior.

Some students were taken in handcuffs. Campus officials said as of 1:30 Tuesday morning, about 35 arrests had been made. Twenty of those were students.

Most were charged with minor offenses like breach of peace, interfering with police and vandalism.

One, however, was charged with inciting a riot, according to police.

"I think this was the craziest night I ever had here, on a Monday night too," said Minh Do, a UConn sophomore. "So that's saying something."

Officials said the there were multiple reports of property damage, including a ripped down light pole that was thrown through a window. There were also reports of small fires and one car being flipped behind the Hilltop Residence Halls.

"There were kids hanging on trees and light posts," said Macie Shae, a freshman. "I don't understand why boys have to climb stuff when they're excited, but it was rough."

The UConn newspaper, the Daily Campus, tweeted out pictures of damage at the Student Union. There were turned over tables and debris everywhere.

The Information Technology Engineering Building was broken into, and a window was damaged.

UConn Chief of Police Barbara O'Connor said, "By far, most of our students have conducted themselves safely and responsibly. Although there have been some arrests and property damage, we're pleased overall with most of our students' behavior, especially considering we had a capacity crowd of over 10,000 in Gampel Pavilion." 

UConn police said they will be using security camera footage from around campus to ensure all offenders are identified and held accountable.

After the Final Four victory over Michigan State on Saturday, police arrested 26 partygoers, including 15 UConn students.

People on campus continued to talk about the game Tuesday morning. Some said they were shelling out big bucks for a championship T-shirt.

"One of my sons, we were up late last night watching the game and he was like, 'we've got to get one of those shirts,'" said Buddy Kornegay of Mansfield. "So the family has got them. It was awesome."

The whole night was an experience students said they won't soon forget.

"It's such like a bonding thing because no one expected us to win and this is our first year here, so it's a nice way to start off our freshman year for sure," Shea said.

"I'm from out of state, so coming here, Connecticut Basketball, it's been a new experience for me, absolutely amazing," said Schaefer.

The team was scheduled to arrive in Connecticut around 3:45 p.m. They'll be back on campus after that for a pep rally at Gampel Pavilion.

Doors open for that at 4:30 p.m.

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