In Michigan
4:20 am
Tue April 7, 2009

Breslin rally welcomes Spartans home

East Lansing, MI – EAST LANSING, MI (WKAR) - About 200 people attended a rally for the Michigan State University men's basketball team today, the day after the Spartans lost the national championship game to North Carolina.

Word of the rally only got out an hour or so before the team was scheduled to arrive back at their home, the Breslin Center, but the fans greeting for coach Tom Izzo and the team was energetic.

While dissappointed with the result, Izzo expressed pride in his squad.

Izzo said his team will miss seniors Goran Suton, Travis Walton, Marquise Gray and and Idong Ibok.

Now, he's looking ahead to a spring and summer where the player's who'll be back next year can work on their games.

Meanwhile, authorities have reported 12 fires and 21 arrests in East Lansing since its basketball team lost the national championship.

The East Lansing Police Department said Tuesday about 1,700 people gathered Monday night at the Cedar Village apartment complex near campus.

The crowd dwindled and dispersed early Tuesday amid cold temperatures and light snow.

Police say 230 officers from several area departments assisted.

They arrested people on various charges, including four for attempted arson.

A mattress and couch were set ablaze.

Detroit police spokesman James Tate said Tuesday he was still awaiting final numbers but says there were no major problems.