After Michigan's 80-79 overtime win over Seton Hall in the 1989 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship Game, wild celebrations involving an estimated 5,000 rowdy fans took place on South University Avenue that included flipping over cars and swinging from live power lines.
It took riot-equipped State Police, Washtenaw County deputies, city police and security officers from the University of Michigan until about 4 a.m. to control the situation. In total, eight students were arrested.
In the news
- 1989 and beyond: How Michigan's national championship was its best moment and biggest curse, Michigan Daily, March 18, 2009
Riot Follows Michigan NCAA Win : Michigan Fans' 5-Hour Rampage Causes Damage, Injuries. April 4, 1989 Los Angeles Times from Wire Services
- Victory Celebration Turns Ugly as Fans Rampage, Ann Arbor News, April 4, 1989. From the Ann Arbor District Library's "Old News" collection.
- 1989 Student Melee collection, Ann Arbor District Library "Old News collection.