RICHMOND -- Thousands of fans on VCU's Richmond campus stood and cheered as the final seconds ticked away on the team's remarkable run to the Final Four.
Despite Virginia Commonwealth's 70-62 loss Saturday night to Butler, fans cheered and chanted, "VCU! VCU!" as they poured out of the Siegel Center at the edge of downtown Richmond.
The streets outside the athletic center had a heavy police presence, and fans were initially well-behaved, posing with officers for photos.The streets were closed down outside the athletic center as fans hooted and hollered while marching toward a city park to celebrate the season.
Later, the scene got rowdier as fans gathered in Broad Street, some setting off fireworks and tossing trash cans as students looked down from apartment windows and rooftops.
As police helicopters hovered overhead, officers in cruisers sought to direct the crowd to the city park several blocks away.
Meanwhile, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell issued a statement praising VCU's "historic run."
"It was a streak that will live forever in the annals of NCAA history," McDonnell said. "Congratulations VCU, for this incredible tournament, and for making all Virginians 'Rams' over the past few weeks."