North Carolina beats Gonzaga to win title

(AP) Carolina has its sixth NCAA basketball championship.

The Tar Heels survived an ugly, foul-filled second half to beat Gonzaga 71-65. They scored the final eight points of the game to pull out the win.

Gonzaga center Zach Collins is the first casualty of the foul-fest in the NCAA championship game.

The freshman 7-footer fouled out with 5:03 remaining the second half.

There were whistles everywhere in the second half of the NCAA championship game — and it certainly kept Gonzaga and North Carolina from getting into any kind of flow.

With eight minutes to go, 39 fouls had been called. That included 22 in the first 12 minutes of the second half.

Gonzaga's Josh Collins, Johnathan Williams, and Przemek Karnowski had four apiece, as did Kennedy Meeks for the Tar Heels.

The foul calls stirred up boos from the crowd and backlash on social media, including a tweet from LeBron James, who said: \"Man I can't watch this anymore man!\"

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