UConn beats Kentucky 60-54 to win fourth national title

Connecticut players celebrate after their 60-54 victory over Kentucky in the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas.
Connecticut players celebrate after their 60-54 victory over Kentucky in the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. David J. Phillip/AP Photo

Arlington, Texas — Shabazz Napier scored 22 points as UConn won its fourth NCAA men's basketball championship with a 60-54 win over Kentucky on Monday night at AT&T Stadium.

After allowing UConn to build a 30-15 lead, the young Wildcats closed with a rush and trailed 35-31 at halftime. But despite poor shooting and some untimely turnovers, UConn never surrendered the lead in the second half and helped itself by shooting 10-for-10 from the foul line.

Connecticut center Amida Brimah celebrates after winning the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game 60-54, against Kentucky Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas.
Connecticut center Amida Brimah celebrates after winning the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game 60-54, against Kentucky Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. Charlie Neibergall/AP Photo
Connecticut guard Ryan Boatright, top, celebrates with a teammate after their 60-54 victory over Kentucky in the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas.
Connecticut guard Ryan Boatright, top, celebrates with a teammate after their 60-54 victory over Kentucky in the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. Charlie Neibergall/AP Photo
Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier shoots between Kentucky center Dakari Johnson (44) and guard James Young (1), right, during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas.
Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier shoots between Kentucky center Dakari Johnson (44) and guard James Young (1), right, during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. David J. Phillip/AP Photo
Connecticut forward DeAndre Daniels dunks the ball in front of Kentucky center Dakari Johnson, right, during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas.
Connecticut forward DeAndre Daniels dunks the ball in front of Kentucky center Dakari Johnson, right, during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. David J. Phillip/AP Photo
Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie directs action against Kentucky during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas.
Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie directs action against Kentucky during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. Eric Gay/AP Photo
Connecticut center Amida Brimah blocks a shot by Kentucky center Dakari Johnson (44) during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas.
Connecticut center Amida Brimah blocks a shot by Kentucky center Dakari Johnson (44) during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. David J. Phillip/AP Photo
Basketball fans take a group photo before the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Connecticut Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas.
Basketball fans take a group photo before the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Connecticut Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. David J. Phillip/AP Photo
Connecticut guard Ryan Boatright (11) gets past Kentucky guard Aaron Harrison (2), pk44n=, as guard Andrew Harrison (5) looks on during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas.
Connecticut guard Ryan Boatright (11) gets past Kentucky guard Aaron Harrison (2), pk44n=, as guard Andrew Harrison (5) looks on during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. David J. Phillip/AP Photo
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