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The UConn Huskies have won the NCAA men's basketball title, defeating the San Diego State Aztecs in a thrilling game that lasted until the final buzzer.
In a match that was as close as it was exciting, the Huskies pulled out a 68-67 victory in San Diego, giving the team its fourth national championship. UConn trailed by as much as 13 points in the second half, but a late push by the Huskies proved to be just enough to get the win.
Junior guard Jalen Adams led the Huskies with 18 points and six assists, while senior guard Christian Vital added 12 points and seven rebounds. San Diego State was led by freshman forward Matt Mitchell, who had a game-high 24 points.
UConn head coach Kevin Ollie said his team's determination and resilience was the key to the victory.
“We just kept fighting, we kept believing and we kept getting better,” Ollie said. “That's what champions do, and that's why we are champions today.”
The Huskies have now won four NCAA men's basketball titles, with their last one coming in 2014. They become just the fourth team to win four or more championships, joining UCLA, Kentucky and North Carolina.
The victory was especially sweet for Adams, who was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Adams said he was thrilled to be able to bring a championship to the Huskies.
“It's a great feeling,” Adams said. “This is something I've dreamed of since I was a kid, and to be able to make it a reality is just incredible.”
The Huskies' title is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire team, and a sign that the program is back on the rise. With the win, UConn becomes the first team since Duke in 1991 to win the NCAA men's basketball title in consecutive years.