Kansas completed the biggest return to the North Carolina top for the NCAA title

Kansas Jehoaks NCAA National Championship

Remy Martin # 11, Jalen Wilson # 10 and Christian Brown # 2 of the Kansas Jahaks react to the second half of the game against the North Carolina Ter Hills during the 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament National Championship at Caesar’s Superdome on April 04, 2022. New Orleans, Louisiana. Jamie Square / Getty Images / AFP

New Orleans – David McCormack made four of his 15 points in the final 1:21 as Kansas beat North Carolina 72-69 and won the NCAA Championship Championship game on Monday night.

The Jayhawks trailed by 16 points in the first half but overcame Kentucky’s biggest deficit to win an NCAA title game in 1998, overcoming a 10-point deficit against Utah.

Kansas was trailing by one point when McCormack, who finished with 10 rebounds, rebounded his own miss and scored on a layout for a one-point lead with 1:21 remaining. After the Tar Hills turnover, McCormack shot a hook from the lane for a three-point lead with 22 seconds left.

After a turnover exchange, Caleb Love of North Carolina missed a 3-point effort in the final seconds.

Jalen Wilson scored 15 points, Remy Martin added 14, Christian Brown scored 12 points and 12 rebounds and Ochai Agbazi scored 12 as Kansas (34-6) won its fourth national championship and the first since 2008.

Armando Beckett had 15 points and 15 rebounds, RJ Davis had 15 points and 12 rebounds, Brady Manek had 13 points and 13 rebounds, Love 13 and Puff Johnson 11 led North Carolina (29-10).

The score was tied at 65 before Martin made a 3-pointer, but Love and Manek’s consecutive basket gave Tar Hills a 69-68 lead with 1:41 left.

After McCormack’s forward basket, Beckett slipped to drive towards the basket, apparently hitting his ankle again in Saturday’s semifinal win over Duke, and Martin grabbed the loose ball, eventually leading McCormack to another basket.

Jayhawks made three unanswered baskets in the first 2:20 of the second half to cut a 15-point halftime deficit to nine.

Kansas pushed the profit’s 3-pointer lead to 12 before going 25-7, which was culminated in a three-point game by Martin, a three-pointer by Martin and a three-pointer by Wilson.

This gave the Hawks a 56-50 lead in the middle of the half.

Davis responded with an assist in the basket and Johnson’s 3-pointer in a row that tied the score at 57.

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