More than 20 arrested after Michigan State victory
Thousands of Spartans faithful stayed close to campus
A few thousand watched on scoreboard screens at the Breslin Center
A police officer said that for the most part, the crowds were well-behaved
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- More than 20 people were arrested Saturday for offences that included starting fires, disorderly conduct and indecent exposure as Michigan State defeated Connecticut 82-73 at the Final Four.
"For the most part, the crowd has been very good," said Lt. Kevin Daley of the East Lansing Police Department.
Downtown East Lansing bars were filling up and police were keeping a close watch on neighborhoods near campus.
Thousands of Spartans faithful stayed close to campus, roughly 144 kilometres west of the game at Ford Field, to watch the contest.
A few thousand watched on scoreboard screens at the Breslin Center, Michigan State's on-campus arena. Thousands more watched in downtown bars, dorm rooms and family living rooms -- including a few who set up outdoor theatres on a brisk early April evening.
Michigan State's season has provided fans with a much-needed break from the bleak economic news that has dominated the auto industry and the rest of the state for the past few years. Michigan's jobless rate, 12 percent in February, is highest in the United States.
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