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A10 TUESDAY, APRIL 3, 2012 LOCAL Gunfire wounds man during celebration of win THE ADVOCATE-MESSENGER WWW.AMNEWS.COM By BETH CAMPBELL and DYLAN LOVAN Associated Press LEXINGTON — One man was wounded by gunfire early today in Lexington, numerous small fires were set and dozens were arrested as thousands celebrated Kentucky’s win over Kansas to claim another NCAA title, authorities reported. Battalion Chief Ed Davis of the Lexington Division of Fire and Emergency Services said he saw the shooting as he was filling out paperwork on a wreck involving a fire engine. Davis said he heard yelling about 25 feet away, and one man started shooting at another. He said the gun was fired “quite a few times.” Police Lt. Clayton Roberts said no arrests had been made in the shooting, which happened shortly after 2 a.m. The gunman disappeared into the crowd and behind some buildings, and police could not locate him, Roberts said. The wounded man, who is in his 30s, was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center with serious injuries that weren’t believed to be lifethreatening, Roberts said. The shooting happened after some people inside a vehicle had words with others who were standing on a sidewalk, Roberts said. He said the people in the car got out, and a person on the sidewalk opened fire with a handgun, hitting a man from the vehicle. Fans filled the streets near the Lexington campus within minutes of the championship game’s conclusion late Monday. They jumped up and down, screamed, sprayed beer and waved Kentucky flags. Lexington police had arrested several dozen people by the time the game had been over only a few minutes, police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said late Monday. “We’re seeing fires being lit and things of that nature,” Roberts said, adding that people had set couches and at least one car on fire. A car crashed into the patio area at a bar and grill where some people were dining, but the metal-andbrick wall kept the vehicle from getting onto the patio, she said. She didn’t have information about injuries. Police also had handed CATS, from A1 n And then there’s Davis, who might have had the most dominating six-point night in the history of college basketball, earning the nod as the most outstanding player. Midway through the first half, he was scoreless but still on pace for a tripledouble. He finished with 16 rebounds, six blocks, five assists and three steals — and made his only field goal with 5:13 left in the game. It was a surefire illustration of how the 6-foot-10 freshman can exert his will on a game even on a rare night when the shot isn’t falling. “I love the fact Anthony Davis goes 1 for 10, and you all say he was biggest factor of game,” Calipari said. “He was 1 for 10. I asked these guys what they would do without scoring. You have an idea what he does.” Over the next few weeks, Davis will decide whether to return to college — unlikely — or head to the NBA, where he’ll probably be the top pick. Kidd-Gilchrist could go second. Kansas (32-7) also has a lottery pick in AP All-American Thomas Robinson. He was harassed all night by Davis and Jones and finished with 18 points and 17 rebounds on a 6-for-17 shooting night. He was huge in the AP Photo University of Kentucky fans celebrate Monday at Lynagh's Irish Pub & Grill at University Plaza on Woodland Avenue in Lexington. Fans cheered UK to victory in the Final Four championship game as they watched the Wildcats defeat Kansas 67-59. out numerous citations, many for alcohol-related offenses, Roberts said. “I think that we’re taking a more zero-tolerance approach,” she said. “That has a part to play in it, but also people started celebrating much earlier than they did on Saturday. The amount of time to become intoxicated and the amount of time for us to be in contact with these intoxicated people has increased.” About two hours after the game, Roberts said police had arrested people for charges such as criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, alcohol intoxication and setting fires. She said officers were still making arrests but didn’t have a precise estimate. She said police had used some pepper spray to break up fights. The fire division’s Davis said about 56 fire runs had been made in the area where fans had gathered. One was a garage fire, but the rest were smaller nuisance fires involving couches or bedding, he said. Davis knew of no fire-related injuries. Emergency medical workers transported about 25 people to hospitals for treatment, mostly minor, he said. A lot of them were people who were intoxicated, while some had been hit by thrown objects or been involved in fights, Davis said. The situation was similar to Saturday’s celebrations that resulted in several small fires, Davis said, although the area was more widespread Monday. “There are literally thousands of people downtown everywhere,” he said a couple hours after the game was over. “Ninety-nine percent are doing what they’re supposed to.” For their part, revelers said the post-game celebration was a far cry from the weekend mayhem. They credited heavy security. “It was much worse Saturday,” said 20-year-old Miranda Snow, who recalled seeing couch fires and other blazes two nights earlier. UK sophomore Cameron Chaney, 20, agreed. “It seems like they have more authorities tonight.” Police had said they would be prepared following the disturbance that accompanied the Wildcats’ win over cross-state rival Louisville on Saturday night. Rowdy fans torched couches and turned over cars that night. After Kentucky sealed its win Monday night in New Orleans, fans back home streamed out of bars to fill the intersection of Euclid and Woodland streets, some throwing beer cans into the air. Police in riot gear looked on but kept their distance at that corner. Some revelers even stopped officers and asked to get photos taken with them and to shake hands. Officers happily obliged. Students weren’t the only ones celebrating. The revelers included Marie Allison, a 1968 UK graduate who was wearing a blue Final Four shirt. She recalled the last championship in 1998 and said, “This night is terrific. It’s even better than back then.” Meanwhile, Kansas fans in downtown Lawrence took their team’s loss to Kentucky in stride Monday night as they poured onto Massachusetts Street amid random cries of “Rock Chalk Jayhawk,” with many proclaiming their pride in a team that wasn’t picked to finish in the top three in the Big 12 Conference. Storekeepers said basketball fans — students and older residents alike — began crowding the entertainment strip of bars, restaurants and specialty shops near the Kansas campus, well before 5 p.m. in anticipation of the game against the heavily favored Wildcats. “It’s OK, because look how far they made it,” Jobi Pierson, 51, from McLouth, about 20 minutes from Lawrence, said as the final seconds ticked away from Kansas’ national title second half, while the Jayhawks were making one of those desperate comebacks that have become their trademark this year. This time, KU trimmed Kentucky’s lead to five with 1:37 left. But the Wildcats made five free throws down the stretch to seal the win. “It (stinks) that we have to be down 14 before we want to start fighting,” KU guard Tyshawn Taylor said. “Guess that’s kind of what happened.” So, the Jayhawks settled for the “B’’ League title this year, as Calipari avenged a final-game loss to Bill Self back in 2008 when Cal was coaching Memphis. The Tigers missed four late free throws in blowing a ninepoint lead in that one. Kansas didn’t get any such help this time. Even so, it wasn’t a bad season in Lawrence, considering where KU began. Kansas lost four of its top five scorers off last year’s roster. There were times early in the season when Self and his old buddy and mentor, Larry Brown, would stand around at practices and wonder if this was a team that could even make the tournament. It did. Won its eighth straight conference title, too. “Nobody even expected us to be here in the first place, for us to have a great season,” KU guard Travis Releford said. “And we did. We were able to compete for a championship. We had a great year.” Kentucky’s was better, and Davis certainly did nothing to hurt his draft stock despite missing more shots in this game than he had in the last three. He set the tone early on defense, swatting Robinson’s shot twice, grabbing rebounds, making pretty bounce passes for assists. Early in the second half, he made a steal that also could have been an assist, knocking the ball out of Robinson’s hands and directly to Jones, who dunked for a 46-30 lead. Then, finally. With 5:13 left in the game, he spotted up for a 15-foot jumper from the baseline that swished for a 59-44 lead, putting a dagger in one of Kansas’ many comebacks. “He was terrific,” Self said. “The basket he made was one of the biggest baskets of the game.” His only bucket of the game — could that be a different sort of spin on “one and done?” Well, if Davis does choose to leave, Cal can certainly handle it. He has mastered the art of rebuilding on the fly. He’s the coach who brings in the John Walls, Brandon Knights and Derrick Roses (at Memphis) for cups of coffee, lets them sharpen up their resumes, then happily says goodbye when it becomes obvious there’s nothing left for them to do in school. The coach refuses to apologize for the way he recruits or how he runs his program. Just playing by the rules as they’re set up, he says, even if he doesn’t totally agree with them. Because he refuses to promise minutes or shots to any recruit and demands teamwork out of all of them, he says he comes by these players honestly. He has produced nine first-round picks in the last four drafts, including five in 2010. That draft day was as big a moment for the school hopes. “No matter what, they did well. I feel proud of them and I’m happy with what they’ve done.” A heavy police presence — one police officer estimated about 250, but told a reporter “that’s not enough” — emerged at halftime and set up in groups of six along street corners to deter troublemakers. That included 70 Kansas Highway Patrol troopers brought in from across the state. A mass of red and blueclad basketball fans spilled into the street afterward, bringing traffic to a standstill. In Kentucky, police earlier Monday had forcefully warned Wildcat fans that a repeat of the dangerous weekend celebrations around the Lexington campus wouldn’t be tolerated. Lexington Police Chief Ronnie Bastin said some revelers Saturday night acted in a “dangerous and criminal” way by setting fires, overturning cars and hurling bottles into the air. Police used pepper spray in small amounts for crowd control after thousands of rowdy fans swarmed into the streets. Officers made more than 30 arrests near the UK campus Saturday night for arson, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct, and authorities were ex- pecting more arrests from that night’s revelry. Police showed the media photos of people in Saturday night’s crowds who have been targeted for arson and assault charges once they are identified. Bastin had said patrols would be beefed up for Monday’s game. University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto also issued a warning Monday ahead of the game, saying the rowdy behavior detracted from the success of the players “who have worked tirelessly to represent UK at a national level.” University officials warned students that aside from criminal charges, students could face suspension or expulsion for bad behavior. UK’s campus was peaceful Monday afternoon, but excitement was in the air as blue-clad fans and students eagerly anticipated Kentucky’s first trip to the title game in 14 years. Shouts of “Go Cats!” and honking horns were already audible near the campus’ main library in the early afternoon. Across the street, sophomore Colby Myers and a friend were constructing a humorous tribute to Kentucky star forward and AP Player of the Year Anthony Davis. In the front yard of the Farmhouse Fraternity on Hilltop Avenue, they were sticking black plastic forks in the ground in the shape of Davis’s bushy eyebrows — which Myers and other fans endearingly call Davis’ “unibrow.” In Louisville, home of the University of Louisville Cardinals, Kentucky Wildcats fans out filled bars and celebrated as the game neared an end Monday night. “This is huge, this is unbelievable,” UK fan Jeff Douglas told WAVE-TV. “I can’t believe we got past Louisville and I just want to beat Kansas so bad.” Things were going so well for Kentucky that one Wildcats fan even looked on one of the team’s chief rivals with fondness. “I’m not a Cardinal fan, but I’m glad that they were there with us. It made it magical, and frankly if they would have won, I would have been rooting for them, so it’s about bringing it back to the state where basketball is king,” Billy Wade told the station. Welcome the Cats home LEXINGTON — The University of Kentucky men’s basketball team will have a public celebration of the 2011-12 season at 3:30 p.m. today at Rupp Arena, immediately following the Wildcats’ return from New Orleans. You must have tickets to attend the event. Tickets, which were free, were distributed beginning at 8 a.m. at the Rupp Arena ticket office. Doors to Rupp Arena open at 2 p.m. Paid parking will be available in all lots of Rupp Arena at the usual rate of $12 per car. For those who are unable to attend the event at Rupp but would like to cheer the team bus along its way to Rupp, here is the route: Man-o-War to Versailles Road, right on Red Mile Road/Virginia Avenue, left on South Limestone, left on West Main Street, and West Main to Rupp Arena. as any, Calipari said. A pretty big statement for the program built by Adolph Rupp. “The reason was, I knew now that other kids would look and say, ‘You’ve got to go there,’” Calipari said. 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