North Carolina defeats Gonzaga 71-65, wins school's 6th NCAA Championship

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They have scored 20 or more second-chance points 16 times this season and they won all of those games.

A flurry of whistles and missed shots left them one step short.

North Carolina's Joel Berry II drives around Gonzaga's Przemek Karnowski during the first half of Monday's NCAA college basketball tournament title game in Glendale, Ariz.

Gonzaga has 7-foot freshman Zach Collins, who had 14 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks in the Final Four win over SC. Coach Mark Few was an assistant that first year, took over as head coach the next season, and has taken the team to the tournament each of his 18 years.

"The Gonzaga Bulldogs are ready to bring the championship trophy home to the Kennel in Spokane".

The second half was littered with foul calls that slowed the pace and had both teams in the bonus with roughly 14 minutes remaining.

Gonzaga center Zach Collins picked up his third foul less than two minutes into the second half and went to the bench. It's 59-57 North Carolina with 4:30 to go. With less than four minutes left in the first half, the Bulldogs are up 28-21.

"To be playing the last game of the year, that's insane cool", Gonzaga coach Mark Few said.

Berry bounced back from a 2-for-14 shooting performance against OR on Saturday to make 7 of 19 shots against the Zags in an ugly foul-filled game. Carolina wasn't shooting well, hadn't shot well all night, but built up an advantage in the paint when Gonzaga got into foul trouble and used that to bang out the victory.

"I had no idea".

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Karnowski, who has the most famous beard in the tournament, comes in at 7-foot-1, 300 pounds and averages 12.2 points per game. But I think we'll be all right once the ball goes up. "She's been one of my biggest supporters since I've been in coaching ".

"That was probably on me", Few said. "But I'm hoping and knowing that perspective will come with time". "That's tough to hear".

GOLDMAN: Yeah. And let's not forget Gonzaga was ranked number one for a good portion of the regular season.

North Carolina, the nation's best rebounding team, won despite losing the game's rebounding battle.

As well as Gonzaga played on defense, how the team controlled the boards was always going to be the biggest indicator of whether it would be cutting down the nets at the end of the night with UNC the best team in the country at manufacturing extra possessions by dominating the offensive boards.

The North Carolina Tar Heels' championship moment came 364 days later than they wanted, but the delayed celebration culminated on Monday night in the desert.

North Carolina continued to lead by one with under a minute to go when forward Isaiah Hicks drove into the lane, hung in the air and banked in a shot to stretch the lead to three.

Then the championship trophy slipped from their grasp. This year, Carolina made it back with just one player expected to make an impact at the next level, junior Justin Jackson.

North Carolina trails Gonzaga 35-32 at the half of yet another hotly contested national championship game, and Paige chimed in on Twitter right as the game went to the break. He had once been taken in by the parents of North Carolina guard Nate Britt, making him a Tar Heels fan for life. "I'm thinking our offense stinks", he said.

The rest of the team is 0 for 11 from 3-point range, and fouls were problem for both teams.

Karnowski finished with one field goal on eight attempts.



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