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The University of Connecticut Huskies men’s basketball team has won the NCAA Division I National Championship after defeating San Diego State University Aztecs 61-53 in the final game of the tournament.
UConn’s win marks the seventh national title for the school in the last 15 years. The Huskies have been one of the most dominant teams in college basketball over the last decade, winning four national championships in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
The Huskies started the game strong, jumping out to a 10-2 lead early in the first half. San Diego State was able to close the gap to one point late in the half, but UConn was able to pull away and take a 32-26 lead into the break.
The second half began with the Huskies extending their lead to 10 points. The Aztecs were able to cut the lead to four points on multiple occasions in the second half, but UConn was able to make big plays down the stretch to seal the victory.
UConn was led by guard Christian Vital, who finished with 19 points and eight rebounds. Forward Tyler Polley added 14 points and seven rebounds for the Huskies. San Diego State was led by guard Matt Mitchell, who finished with 18 points and six rebounds.
UConn head coach Dan Hurley was ecstatic after the win, praising his team’s effort and execution down the stretch.
“We had some moments where we weren’t playing so well and we had to stay together and stay connected,” Hurley said. “Our togetherness and perseverance really shined through in the last few minutes of the game and I couldn’t be more proud of our team for the way they battled and earned this victory.”
The Huskies’ win over the Aztecs marks the end of an impressive NCAA tournament run for UConn. The Huskies had to go through some tough opponents in order to get to the title game, including a victory over the top-seeded Iowa Hawkeyes in the Elite Eight.
UConn has now cemented its place as one of the premier teams in college basketball and will look to defend its title next season.