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UConn Fans Celebrate a Victory in Storrs



    UConn fans celebrate on campus in Storrs as the Men's Basketball team knocked off Florida to earn a trip to the National Championship. (Published Sunday, April 6, 2014)

    If you couldn't be in Texas for UConn's win against the Florida Gators, Gampel Pavillion in Storrs was the place to be.
    A loud roar could be heard from inside and outside Gampel as thousands of students who'd come there to watch the game rushed the court screaming and flailing in celebration before it had even ended.

      Feeling the rush of Husky pride, they spilled onto the streets.
    "Husky proud? Through the roof. See Gampel? Ten times higher than Gampel right there," said UConn Junior Thomas Umrysz.
    "It's crazy. It's awesome," said UConn grad student Laura Mainelli. "Just shows you how much the fans love it, and how much basketball is a part of the heart of UConn."
    It was excitement and chaos as students ran all over the courtyard. A DJ had music and smoke going to keep fans energized, and at times the excitement even overwhelmed fans.
    "I love every bit of it. Everyone running around, everyone getting together. It's like a big family over here," said UConn Junior Shane Quadrato.
    UConn says more than 8,000 students were at Gampel celebrating and overall they were respectful though 20 people were arrested.

    "The Storrs campus was active this evening, with a large crowd of UConn fans celebrating tonight's big win. I'm pleased to say the vast majority of our students have been both respectful and responsible. As of 10:30 p.m., there have been relatively few arrests. UConn police and state police will continue to be engaged on campus throughout the night," said Chief of Police Barbara O'Connor.
    Many outside Storrs had their doubts UConn could make it so far, but Saturday night the Huskies proved them wrong. Students say there's no stopping them now.