UNC celebrates its sixth NCAA tournament championship with 71-65 win over Gonzaga
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Back on the east coast it was near midnight, near the one-year anniversary, to the day, of North Carolina’s greatest heartbreak – one that united this team on a long-sought mission of redemption. It was near midnight there when the Tar Heels began celebrating here.
For the past year, they’d often spoken of their hope of reaching this point, the final Monday night of the college basketball season. Roy Williams, the UNC coach, had often spoken with tears in his eyes about how last season ended.
Now there were tears of a different kind after UNC’s 71-65 victory against Gonzaga on Monday night in the NCAA tournament national championship game. The Tar Heels won their sixth NCAA championship in school history and Williams his third, as a head coach.
Like so many times before during this long postseason run – like against Arkansas in the second round, and against Kentucky in the South Regional semifinal, and against Oregon here on Saturday night in a national semifinal – UNC survived. Imperiled late in all those victories, it survived.