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Police use tear gas as Texas Tech basketball victory sparks 'fandemonium'



Lubbock, Texas, erupted in what the local newspaper called "fandemonium" is Saturday night after the hometown of the Texas Tech Red Raiders, advanced to the championship final of the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

No. 3-seeded Texas Tech upset the top-seeded Michigan State Spartans, 61-51, to earn a shot at playing Virginia for the crown in the men's college basketball.

In an earlier March Madness action on Saturday, Virginia ousted Auburn, 62, in a game that some say were marred by controversial referee decisions.

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Both games were played in Minneapolis, where the Monday night's final will also be held.

In Lubbock, a huge crowd soon gathered at the Texas Tech campus to celebrate the Red Raiders' win

"I've never seen anything like this in Lubbock," Tim Hays, a senior at Texas Tech, told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. "I've been to other rallies like this, but nothing compares to the electricity here."

"I've never seen anything like this in Lubbock. I've been to other rallies like this, but nothing compares with the electricity here. "

– Tim Hays, a senior at Texas Tech

But what started with cheering and high-fives soon devolved into rowdiness and destruction, according to reports.

Other reports said that as many as four cars were flipped.

Lubbock police –

The Lubbock Police Department asked for the crowd's cooperation in a Facebook post:

"Alright folks, we are just as happy with that Texas Tech WRECKED Michigan State, "the message said," but we are asking people to leave Broadway near the University. We have several officers in the area clearing the scene.

"The large crowds are causing a safety concern. We are also encouraging drivers to avoid the area as some of the roads have been blocked. "

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City officials issued a statement soon after midnight: [19659005] "After the Texas Tech Men's Basketball Team defeated the Michigan State in the NCAA Championship Final Four game, hundreds of fans gathered at Broadway, near University. The crowd was involved in extremely dangerous, and disappointing behavior, including vandalizing property. Excited for Texas Tech, but this behavior will not be tolerated. We want Red Raider fans to support the team and celebrate legally and responsibly. We're proud of Lubbock's national stage. "

There was no immediate information. available for arrest, injury or cost assessment of property damage.


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