Kentucky tops Kansas to win NCAA title

NEW ORLEANS,  (Reuters) – Kentucky overcame an uncharacteristically tepid performance by freshman Anthony Davis to defeat Kansas 67-59 on Monday to win the national basketball championship for the eighth time.

The Wildcats (38-2) raced to a 41-27 lead at halftime and never looked back, refusing to allow their advantage to slip below five points the rest of the way despite having to weather a late Kansas rally.

Doron Lamb paced the Wildcats with 22 points, while Marquis Teague added 14 and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 11. Tyshawn Taylor led Kansas with 19 points, while Thomas Robinson added 18 but the All-America forward hit only six of 17 shots.

The 6-foot-10, 220-pound Davis, the consensus player of the year, finished with just six points on one of 10 shooting from the floor but had a team-leading 16 rebounds and five assists.

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