GLENDALE, Ariz. - Justin Jackson delivered the go-ahead three-point play, and North Carolina scored the last eight points for a 71-65 win over Gonzaga and a title that heartbreakingly eluded the Tar Heels (33-7) last year.
It was an ugly affair, filled with 44 fouls and 52 free throws.
This was their redemption season, and they closed the deal a year after losing on a three-pointer at the buzzer to Villanova.
Carolina was down two with 1:40 left when Jackson took a pass under the bucket from Theo Pinson, made a layup and got fouled.
The free throw made it 66-65, and after a Gonzaga miss on the other end, Isaiah Hicks made a shot to help North Carolina start pulling away to the school's sixth title.
Photos: Gonzaga vs. North Carolina
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