Police Respond to Celebration Following Dayton vs. Syracuse

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IMarch 23, 2014

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 22: Devon Scott #40 and Kyle Davis #3 of the Dayton Flyers react on the bench during the third round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament against the Syracuse Orange at the First Niagara Center on March 22, 2014 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The 11th-seeded Dayton Flyers were the first double-digit seed to punch their ticket to the 2014 NCAA tournament Sweet 16 on Saturday night, knocking off third-seeded Syracuse 55-53 in Buffalo, N.Y.

In response to the monumental victory, back on the University of Dayton campus, President Daniel Curran and more than 1,000 fans celebrated in the streets, according to the Dayton Daily News' Will Garbe and Caryn Golden.

Ray Curren on Twitter provides the evidence:

After Syracuse point guard Tyler Ennis' game-winning attempt went begging, fans raced to the streets in celebration, joining the university president in a victorious chant, per Chris Huesman and Zelda Zonk on Twitter:

But eventually harmless cheers gave way to outrageous behavior as some students set objects on fire. With traffic shut down as well, riot police were called to the scene, where at least eight people were arrested, per Megan O'Rourke of WDTN 2 News.

The police quickly took control of the chaotic situation, per Flyer News on Twitter:

Dayton will take on the winner of No. 10 Stanford vs. No. 2 Kansas. The matchup will mark the Flyers' first appearance in the regional semifinals since 1984.

The Flyers will have an excellent shot to get back to the Elite Eight for the first time in 30 years if they can continue to defend the three-point line and hold their own on the boards.