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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. North Carolina won 71-65. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

North Carolina Tar Heels won the NCAA men's basketball championship


The North Carolina Tar Heels have won the NCAA national championship. With two minutes to go, Gonzaga and North Carolina were tied 65-65, but North Carolina ultimately won 71-65. This is North Carolina's sixth national championship and its first since 2009. 

Tar Heels' Joe Berry scored 22 points on 7-of-19 shooting and was named MVP. 

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 last year.

It was an ugly affair, filled with 44 fouls and 52 free throws. This was UNC's redemption season after after losing on a 3-pointer at the buzzer to Villanova last year.

UNC was down by 2 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.

Gonzaga fans were quite bitter over the results...

 Even blaming the referees.

But Tar Heels fans rejoiced over Monday night's win. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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