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Texas Tech Fans Lose It After Final Four Win, Police in Riot Gear Called - Report

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Fans in Lubbock, Texas celebrated Texas Tech’s win over Michigan State Saturday night to reach the NCAA’s finals — but some went a little too far.

Celebrations turned to reported acts of vandalism as several cars were toppled over, a couch was set on fire, and scooters were set ablaze, according to KTRK-13 in Houston.

Police in riot gear were called in to disperse the crowds, using tear gas, according to several news outlets, including KCBD-TV.

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The City of Lubbock issued a statement at 12:38 a.m,. local time, according to KCBD.

“After the Texas Tech Men’s Basketball team defeated Michigan State in a NCAA Championship Final Four game, hundreds of fans gathered on Broadway, near University. The crowd engaged in extremely dangerous, and disappointing, behavior including vandalizing property,” city officials said in a statement.

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“We are proud, and excited, for Texas Tech, but behavior like this will not be tolerated. We want Red Raider fans to support the team and celebrate lawfully and responsibly. We are on the national stage so make Lubbock proud,” the statement continued.

The Lubbock Police also posted a statement on Facebook.

“Alright folks, we are just as happy that Texas Tech WRECKED Michigan State, but we are asking people to leave the Broadway area near University. We have multiple officers in the area clearing the scene,” Lubbock Police said.

“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,” Lubbock Police added.

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There was no information about arrests, injuries, or property damage made public, reported Fox News.

Most fans were just reveling in the victory, singing songs and chanting in support of the home town team.

“We’ve had a long drought with Texas Tech basketball,” Ryan Burns, a Lubbock native and Texas Tech graduate, told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. “Three years with Coach Chris Beard, a savior to Lubbock, Texas. He came here three years ago, and promised us a Final Four appearance. 2019 champions, here we come.”

Texas Tech beat Michigan State 61-51 to earn its first trip to the NCAA Men’s basketball championship game in school history. Matt Mooney led the Red Raiders with 21 points while Jarrett Culver added 10 points.

Texas Tech takes on Virginia in the finals Monday night.

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Dave is a lifelong sports fan who has been writing for The Wildcard since 2017. He has been a writer for more than 20 years for a variety of publications.
Dave has been writing about sports for The Wildcard since 2017. He's been a reporter and editor for over 20 years, covering everything from sports to financial news. In addition to writing for The Wildcard, Dave has covered mutual funds for Pensions and Investments, meetings and conventions, money market funds, personal finance, associations, and he currently covers financial regulations and the energy sector for Macallan Communications. He has won awards for both news and sports reporting.
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