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UNC Defeats Gonzaga for Sixth Title

UNC Defeats Gonzaga for Sixth Title

 Nashville Sports News UNC Defeats Gonzaga for Sixth Title 1

UNC Defeats Gonzaga for Sixth Title

North Carolina 71, Gonzaga 65

The eighth national championship between No. 1 seeds featured 46 made field goals and 44 fouls and, for the second year in a row, North Carolina found its title hopes hanging in the balance. This time the heartbreak was all Gonzaga’s as the Tar Heels finished on an 8-0 run to earn their first championship since 2009 and bury the devastation of last season’s buzzer-beating loss to Villanova.

Player of the game

  • Joel Berry II totaled a game-high 22 points, six assists and three rebounds. The junior made all four of North Carolina’s 3-pointers and became the first player to score 20 points in back-to-back title games since Bill Walton (1972-73).

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Key stats

  • North Carolina improved to 2-1 all-time against Gonzaga.
  • Coaching his 100th NCAA Tournament contest, Roy Williams became the sixth coach to win three national titles.
  • North Carolina’s 123 NCAA Tournament wins are one shy of Kentucky for most all-time.
  • WCC Player of the Year Nigel Williams-Goss scored Gonzaga’s final eight points and finished with 15 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
  • Tar Heels forwards Justin Jackson and Kennedy Meeks, who entered averaging a combined 33.5 points per game during the tournament, totaled 23 points on 9-for-24 shooting.
  • Bulldogs center Przemek Karnowski was held to 9 points on 1-for-8 shooting.
  • North Carolina won for the first time in four games this season when losing the rebounding battle.
  • Gonzaga failed to shoot a higher percentage from the field than its opponent for the first time in 47 games, snapping the longest Division I streak in 20 years.
  • The Tar Heels started 2-for-5 from beyond the arc but shot 2-for-22 the rest of the way.

Key play

  • With Gonzaga trailing by three points, Williams-Goss had his jumper blocked with 15 seconds remaining. Berry gathered the loose ball and found Jackson for an uncontested, national title-cementing dunk 3 seconds later.

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