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By Lauren Abdel-Razzaq
The Detroit News

East Lansing — About 125 mostly peaceful people gathered outside Cedar Village Apartments on Saturday night after Michigan State's loss in the NCAA Final Four game. Seven were arrested for disorderly conduct violations and 10 fires were set throughout the area, East Lansing Police reported.

Police in a statement late Saturday night said the violations consisted of objects thrown at police and others in the area.

"We are glad that the majority of Spartan fans chose to celebrate responsibly," said East Lansing Police Chief Juli Liebler. "We would like to thank the area law enforcement agencies that assisted us in maintaining a safe environment here in East Lansing this weekend and last."

Police said more information will be available on Monday.

Most of the students stood where standing on the street corners outside the apartments chanting "Go Green!, Go White!" But some became unruly. At least two people were arrested after throwing fruit at a WXYZ Channel 7 new van.

Another student was detained by police after he appeared to light up a lighter. A fourth student was also detained for unknown reasons.

Away from Cedar Village, the remnants of two burned couches were near Oakhill Avenue between Forest Street and Evergreen Avenue near Grand River.

Police were out in force at Cedar Road in East Lansing after the Spartans defeat by Duke on Saturday night.

After about 11/2 hours, most of the students had either left or returned to their apartments. A few groups of police stayed on the scene. All that was left was broken glass bottles, beer cans and police caution tape.

Law enforcement used the Snyder-Phillips Hall and a nearby McDonald's as a staging area.

Earlier this week, revelers gathered in Cedar Village after MSU defeated Louisville to advance to the Final Four.

A small group of students gathered and began chanting Spartan slogans, accoording to witnesses.

Witnesses said the mood of the crowd changed and students became more brazen. One man crowd-surfed. Another ran naked through the crowd.

One reveler tried to light his backpack on fire but was stopped by apartment security, said witnesses.