Connecticut captured its second NCAA men's basketball title in four years, toppling Kentucky 60-54 in the championship game Monday night at AT&T Stadium.
Shabazz Napier scored 22 points and UConn connected on all 10 of its free throws to improve to 32-8 while winning its fourth overall crown.
UConn led throughout, building a double-digit early advantage while taking a 35-31 lead into intermission.
Kentucky, with five freshman starters, the first such group since the Chris Webber-led Michigan squad, never could quite take control of the contest despite keeping it close.
James Young (20 points) nailed a pair of free throws with just over eight minutes remaining as Kentucky drew within 48-47, but Napier and Niels Giffey answered with treys as UConn held off the 'Cats for the win.
Kentucky, which missed 11 of 24 free-throw attempts at the foul line, finished the season 29-11.
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UConn guard Ryan Boatright joined Campus Insiders' Bonnie Bernstein to discuss his role in the Huskies 60-54 win over Kentucky in the national championship
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