UPDATED: Texas Tech, City issue statements after police are forced to break up crowds
updated 9:45 a.m. - Statement from Texas Tech:
"This is a historical achievement in the university’s history and a great source of pride for all Red Raiders. As we continue to celebrate, we must do so in a way that does not diminish this incredible moment. Texas Tech has the best fans in the country and we appreciate their enthusiastic support and ask that they celebrate with integrity, positive energy and respect."
This is a Facebook Live with FOX34 Senior Photojournalist Andrew Wood early Sunday morning.
updated 12:40 a.m. - Statement from the City of Lubbock:
“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. 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.”
After appearing in its first-ever Final Four game, the Red Raiders are headed to the National Championship. Students and fans celebrated in grand fashion Saturday night.
Here is a Facebook Live as the celebrations started right after the game:
But eventually it got out of control, forcing police to ask everyone to leave. The crowd is a safety concern.
Texas Tech's student newspaper The Daily Toreador caught some of the wilder moments on Broadway:
Follow The DT on Twitter for more photos and videos of the craziness.