Redemption: North Carolina wins National Title, 71-65 over Gonzaga

Williams-Goss tried to lead the Zags back despite spraining his right ankle late in the game, but couldn't get the lift he needed to get off a shot with 16 second left.

In the end, North Carolina erased a seven-point first-half deficit and led by three thanks to a jumper by Isaiah Hicks with 26 seconds.

The North Carolina Tar Heels captured their sixth NCAA title last night, beating the Gonzaga Bulldogs 71-65. "I don't think any of us think we played our absolute best game". Both North Carolina and Gonzaga could put up points. North Carolina's Joel Berry II grabbed the ball and flung it to Jackson, who ran alone down the court and dunked it. "And for us we're just happy we came out on top, and this is an incredible feeling".

Berry II was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four after he finished with 22 points. The Tar Heels (33-7) followed a bad shooting night in the semi-final with an equally ice-cold performance in the final - going four for 27 from beyond the three-point arc and 26 for 73 overall. "Now I can say, 'Forget about that shot from previous year and talk about how we came out here and won.' You're only as good as your last headline, so the headline is that North Carolina is the 2017 National Champions". Bulldogs star Nigel Williams-Goss was 5 for 17 (1 for 3 from 3-point range), and Przemek Karnowski had just nine points. A steal on the first possession led to an all-alone layup by Berry, and Jackson's two free throws gaveNorth Carolina the lead 35 seconds into the half.

Williams got his third title, putting him one ahead of his mentor, Dean Smith, and now behind only John Wooden, Mike Krzyzewski and Adolph Rupp.

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"It's an unbelievable game", Williams said afterward during an interview with CBS. "I can't even describe my feeling right now, but I'm just glad that I was able to do something with this team because I felt like, just the personality and what we went through, and I think we just deserved it".

Also, there was this ridiculous call against Gonzaga big man Zach Collins. North Carolina now becomes the first school ever with championships in four consecutive decades.

One odd sequence occurred with 8:02 left. With eight minutes to go, 39 fouls had been called. Berry missed his free throws, but Carolina retained possession because of the flagrant foul, and retook the lead when Tony Bradley rebounded his blocked shot and scored to put North Carolina in front 54-52.

North Carolina's most effective offensive weapon is a made field goal. The Tar Heels knew what was at stake, having been so close to the summit less than nearly exactly one year ago. Television replays showed Meeks' hand was out of bounds.

"That was probably on me", Few said. If the NCAA did a last two-minute report of this game like their National Basketball Association counterparts did, it would take much longer than two minutes to read it. "So that's tough. It's tough to hear". Eighteen years after they caught the basketball world's collective eye with a Cinderella run to the Elite Eight, the Bulldogs' dream season came up one game short. "We broke that glass ceiling everybody said we couldn't get past".

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