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Police Fire Pepper Balls To Control Kentucky Fans After Several Lit Couch Fires

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Alex Poythress #22 of the Kentucky Wildcats walks off the court after losing to the Connecticut Huskies 60-54 in the NCAA Men's Final Four Championship at AT&T Stadium on April 7, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Alex Poythress #22 of the Kentucky Wildcats walks off the court after losing to the Connecticut Huskies 60-54 in the NCAA Men’s Final Four Championship at AT&T Stadium on April 7, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (CBS Connecticut/AP) — Police used pepper balls to control some rowdy fans and several couch fires were lit in the streets after Kentucky fell to Connecticut in the NCAA basketball championship final.

Susan Straub, a spokeswoman for the city of Lexington, said 19 couch fires were lit overnight in the State Street area. There were 23 injuries, most of them minor and treated at the scene. She confirmed 31 arrests but had no further details in a statement released Tuesday.

She said in the statement that one of the injured was hit by a train in the State Street area and taken to a hospital. She had no further word on that person’s condition or identity.

The Kentucky Kernel, the university’s independent student-run newspaper, reported that police fired pepper-spray bullets after a fight broke out following the game.

Shirtless youths streamed into the streets and lit fires soon after Kentucky’s 60-54 loss to Connecticut on Monday night. Some were crying and others hugging after the defeat. The crowd continued to grow after the game despite a chilly, rain-soaked night in the Lexington area.

Reports said some fights broke out and bottles were thrown, but that police used tear gas to control the most unruly fans before the crowd dispersed overnight.

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