Gonzaga, helped by 8 straight points from Nigel Williams-Goss, took a 2-point lead with 1:52 left, but the next possession was the literal game-changer. Meeks, fresh off his 25-point, 14-rebound performance against OR in the Final Four, had just four points and five boards and Hicks' struggles continued, as he went 1-for-5 in the half, but getting the Gonzaga bigs out of the game is what opened up the offensive glass and allowed UNC to get back into the game.
Jackson was 0-for-9 from beyond the arc but finished with 16 points, while Isaiah Hicks added 13.
Check out the above photo of North Carolina's Kennedy Meeks battling Gonzaga's Silas Melson for a loose ball with less than a minute remaining and the Tar Heels up by one.
Tar Heel fans from all over the country were in Phoenix this weekend and witnessed UNC knock off OR in the Semifinal Game then Gonzaga in the National Championship.
Gonzaga's 7-foot-1, 300-pound Przemek Karnowski will go at North Carolina's 6-10, 260-pound Kennedy Meeks. ". Both teams played extremely hard".
"I think experience takes care of some of this stuff", Williams said at Sunday's media event.
The Tar Heels got their first win this season while being out-rebounded, thanks to 14 turnovers by the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs allow teams to shoot just 36.5 percent, 29.5 percent from 3-point range.
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North Carolina players celebrate after the finals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament against Gonzaga, Monday, April 3, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. There were 37 victories along the way, WCC regular season and tournament championships, and a one seed in the NCAA tournament. He had 13 points in the first half, none in the second half.
North Carolina turned a free-throw shooting contest into its sixth national championship, washing away a year's worth of heartache. North Carolina now becomes the first school ever with championships in four consecutive decades.
Much can be debated about how the referees officiated the NCAA Tournament's championship game between North Carolina and Gonzaga on Monday night, but there is no discussion about whether they missed an important call in the final minute of the title game. The Villanova hero had been taken in by the parents of North Carolina guard Nate Britt, making him a Tar Heels fan for life.
Gonzaga's Josh Perkins averaged 5.2 points and shot 34.8 percent in the first five games of the NCAA Tournament, totaling 26 points. Berry also hauled in three rebounds, had six assists, and came away with two steals too, on his way to the NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player.
North Carolina struggled offensively in the first half, shooting 30.6 percent and trailing 30-23 with 3 minutes, 2 seconds left in the half.
The thoughtful junior was overcome with emotion during an interview with ESPN and again during Gonzaga's post-game news conference. "We came out and competed down to the last seconds but we're national champions now".