UConn Celebration, 2nd Ld-Writethru
STORRS, Conn. (AP) _ Thousands of Connecticut students and fans celebrated
the school's unprecedented sweep of the men's and women's NCAA titles Tuesday
night. Connecticut completed the sweep with a 70-61 victory over Tennessee in the
women's final in New Orleans, with several thousand people watching the game on
large-screen televisions in Gampel Pavilion. On Monday night, the men's team
beat Georgia Tech 82-73 in San Antonio.
After the women's victory, fans spilled out of the arena. Some set a small
bonfire outside the arena, yelled, waved pompoms and jumped on a TV satellite
``It's history in the making,'' said Leticia Flowers, a 21-year-old
sociology major from Windsor.
There were broadcast reports of some arrests. Police officers saturated the
area, and firefighters were ready to respond to any problems.
The women's team was expected to arrive back home at Bradley International
Airport on Wednesday afternoon and take center stage at a pep rally at Gampel
Earlier in the day, thousands of boisterous fans welcomed the men's team
home at the airport and a rally at Gampel.
Emeka Okafor, the star center selected the most outstanding player of the
men's Final Four, was weary from the trip back to Storrs on Tuesday. He hadn't
had much sleep, and he was still finding the accomplishment somewhat
``We were actually in the championship game and we actually won the dang
thing,'' Okafor said. ``We made a lot of people proud.''
When Ben Gordon got on stage to address the Gampel crowd of 5,500, the arena
erupted into chants of ``One more year.'' Gordon, a junior guard, is expected
to skip his senior year for the NBA.
``I just want to thank everyone in this building,'' Gordon said. ``It's been
a great three years here.''
Jim Calhoun, the architect of the Huskies' two men's national titles, was
greeted with shouts of ``Hall of Fame!'' He learned on Monday that he had
fallen one vote short of being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Associated Press Writer Sarah Coffey in Storrs contributed to this report.