Connecticut Wins National Championship
(San Antonio-AP) — The NCAA men's basketball championship game proved to be a real “conn” job. Connecticut has captured its second championship in six seasons by rolling over Georgia Tech 82-to-73.
Emeka Okafor had 24 points and 15 rebounds for the Huskies, who led by as many as 25 in the second half. Okafor was named the most outstanding player of the final four.
Ben Gordon gave U-Conn 21 points and Rashad Anderson added 18 to the victory.
The Huskies' 15-point halftime lead was the largest in an NCAA title game since 1967.
Connecticut went on a 17-to-4 run before ending the half ahead 41-to-26. Gordon and Okafor combined for 24 points by the break.
Connecticut managed to build its lead despite hitting just one field goal over the final six-55 of the half. The Yellow Jackets shot just 29 percent in the first half and 38 percent for the game. They also missed 15 of their 22 three-point tries.
Will Bynum had 17 points and five assists for Tech.