Celebration in Durham
You missed a great party in Durham last night.
Duke students who couldn't make the 10-hour road trip to Indianapolis for the NCAA Tournament Championship game gathered in the Cameron Indoor Stadium to watch the game on lowered scoreboards.
The stadium was filled with blue-clad fans chanting, "Let's go Duke!" in unison throughout the game, The Duke Chronicle reports.
And as the team claimed the 2010 national title -- beating Butler 61 to 59 -- the 4,500 spectators in Durham stormed the empty court and then filled the streets in celebration.
"It's one of the best experiences I've had at Duke," graduate student John Tortorella told the Chronicle. "I've been to all the games... couldn't ask for a better season."
The Chronicle takes you there:
After the victory, a bonfire blazed on Main West and students, faculty, alumni and administrators welcomed the win by burning benches carried from across East and West Campuses. Toilet paper and splintered wood filled the air over the crackling fire under Duke's historic oaks.
"It was fantastic, I was so pleased with the seniors especially. I was so happy to watch it in Cameron," Vice President for Student Affairs Larry Moneta said. "This is the way it's supposed to be."
Firefighters put out the fire around 2 a.m as the crowd of thousands dwindled to a few hundred.
Assistant Chief Gloria Graham of the Duke University Police Department said that as of 1:30 a.m., the celebration was under control, adding that there had been about two responses by emergency medical services because of "minor cuts." She added that none of the responses were alcohol-related.
The celebration continued Tuesday. The Chronicle has switched out the 'o' in its name for a basketball on its Web site. The university's Web site is dominated by a photo of the team and the words, "Champions Again."
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April 6, 2010; 11:22 AM ET
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