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UConn Huskies hold off Kentucky to win men's NCAA basketball championship
Ryan Boatright added 14 points and three steals for Connecticut (32-8), which became the first No. 7 seed ever to win the NCAA Tournament. Niels Giffey scored 10 points while Napier knocked down four 3-pointers en route to his second National Championship in four years.
James Young collected 20 points and seven rebounds for Kentucky (29-11), which was bidding to become the first No. 8 seed to win the Tournament since Villanova in 1985. Julius Randle was limited to 10 points and six rebounds while the Wildcats hurt themselves with a 13-of-24 showing from the free-throw line.
Boatright broke down the defense and buried a pull-up jumper as the shot clock expired to give Connecticut a 56-50 advantage with 4:12 to play. Alex Poythress followed with a dunk through contact but missed the ensuing free throw, and Kentucky could not get within one possession down the stretch.
The Huskies rushed out to a 30-15 lead with just under six minutes left in the first half before the Wildcats recovered with a 16-5 burst to go into the locker room down 35-31. Kentucky pulled within a point three times in the first 12 minutes of the second half, the last when Young knocked down a pair of free throws to cut it to 48-47.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Connecticut went 10-for-10 at the line and overcame Kentucky's height advantage with a 34-33 rebounding advantage. … The Wildcats were bidding to become the first team ever to win a National Championship while starting five freshmen. … The Huskies improved to 8-1 all-time in Final Four games - the best winning percentage ever for a school appearing in three or more Final Four contests.