North Carolina ended last season on a heart-breaking buzzer beater, but Monday redeemed itself coming all the way from last year’s jarring defeat to beat Gonzaga 71-65.
The Tar Heels’ Justin Jackson scored the go-ahead three-point bucket as well as a game-defining dunk to lift North Carolina to its sixth men’s basketball national championship. Jackson finished with 16 points and four rebounds.
Joel Berry II was named the game’s most outstanding player. He led all scorers with 22 points, three rebounds and six assists. Teammate Kennedy Meeks nearly put up a double-double, scoring seven points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Gonzaga was led by Nigel Williams-Goss who scored 15 points. The Bulldogs had a three-point lead at halftime, but came out flat in the second half, which North Carolina was able to capitalize on early.
Coach Roy Williams now has three championships to his name — two with UNC and one with Kansas.