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Husky fans thrilled after UConn beats Florida

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STORRS, CT (WFSB) -

UConn powered its way past the No. 1-ranked Florida Gators, and there was no place in the country that had Husky fever more than the Storrs campus.

Gampel Pavilion was packed, and throughout the game, students were on their feet cheering on their team. When the men won, the party moved outside, and students were still on their feet, jumping and dancing.

In the same building where UConn knocked off Florida in January, UConn students packed Gampel Pavilion and watched as their Huskies dealt the final blow to the Gators.

Three screens broadcasted the drama, and it wasn't easy to watch. UConn was a big underdog in this game and was down early, but the believers never gave up.

The students were rewarded when UConn dominated the second half. Even with about 10 minutes left in the game, there was electricity in the air as UConn chants and cheers erupted from the stands.

With a comfortable lead in hand, the students didn't even wait until the game was over before rushing onto the court.

Gampel was cleared, and the party continued outside at the student union. The thousands that were inside the arena met with the thousands that watched from their dorms.

"It's a great victory for us. Everyone was counting us out. Now we need to bring it back," said a very excited UConn student.

Some students even climbed the trees to take in the view.

"It's amazing. You see how many people are out here, I love the energy. We're loving this right now. This is what college is all about," a UConn student said.

The celebrations were peaceful because students on campus don't want to get too overly excited, knowing that the final test is ahead on Monday.

"They want it more than anyone. They can play the game with anyone, and they want it the most," said Luke Mogensen.

The celebrations died down after about an hour. UConn is reporting that there were more than 8,000 students at Gampel Pavilion, and so far, 20 arrests have been made.

"The Storrs campus was active this evening, with a large crowd of UConn fans celebrating tonight's big win. I'm pleased to say the vast majority of our students have been both respectful and responsible. As of 10:30 p.m., there have been relatively few arrests. UConn Police and State Police will continue to be engaged on campus throughout the night," said Chief of Police Barbara O'Connor.

The university does not have a breakdown on how many of the arrests were students and non-students.

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