Police: Most of the Tucson rioters were UA students
TUCSON, Ariz. — Tucson police said most of those arrested during street clashes after the University of Arizona basketball team's loss in the NCAA tournament were students at the university.
Police said 15 people were arrested Saturday night during what police called an unlawful assembly just outside the university campus after the Wildcats lost to the Wisconsin Badgers in the Elite Eight round.
University officials are vowing to punish students who participated in the fracas.
Dean of Students Kendal Washington White called the disturbance disappointing and said it was not reflective of the culture of the University of Arizona or Tucson.
Authorities said the arrests came after fans hurled beer bottles and firecrackers at officers, who then used pepper spray to disperse the crowd.
The ages of the people arrested range from 19 to 29.