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UConn Wins Men’s NCAA Tournament, 60-54, Over Kentucky

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In just his second season as UConn’s head man, Kevin Ollie lead the Huskies to the Men’s 2014 NCAA National Championship, 60-54, over Kentucky.

In doing so, UConn becomes the first ever No.7 seed to the tournament. It’s the Huskies’ fourth national championship – their first came in 1999.

The Huskies were in front virtually wire to wire paced by 22 points from Shabazz Napier – who was named the tournament’s most outstanding player. Napier is one of three players who were on UConn’s 2011 National Championship team. Another was Niels Giffey who had 10 points and five rebounds. Ryan Boatright added 14 to go along with three steals and three assists.

After the game was tied 6-6, UConn rushed out to a 30-15 advantage. Guided  by James Young’s 20 points and seven boards, Kentucky stormed back to closed the deficit to 36-31 at the half.

The second half was had a back and forth feel, but the Wildcats were never able to tie or take the lead.

Julius Randle added 10 points for the ‘Cats, followed by 8 and 7 from Andrew and Aaron Harrison, respectively.

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