New NCAA Champs: Duke

They beat Wisconsin 68-63
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 6, 2015 10:58 PM CDT
Updated Apr 7, 2015 12:05 AM CDT
New NCAA Champs: Duke
Duke's Tyus Jones reacts during the second half of the NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament championship game against Wisconsin Monday, April 6, 2015, in Indianapolis. Duke won 68-63.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

The package deal has delivered Duke another national championship. Tyus Jones scored 23 points, his good buddy and freshman teammate Jahlil Okafor added a couple of key baskets in the closing minutes, and the Blue Devils beat Wisconsin 68-63 last night to give coach Mike Krzyzewski his fifth national championship. The Blue Devils took the lead for the first time since it was 29-28 on a 3-pointer by Grayson Allen, who came off the bench to score 16 points. After the Badgers regained the lead on back-to-back baskets by Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker, the Blue Devils stormed away. Jones started it with a basket, and Okafor—mired in foul trouble all game—returned to the floor to score the next two hoops.

By the time Jones knocked down a 3-pointer with 1:10 to go, the Blue Devils had pushed their lead to 66-58 and the celebration was starting in the stands. Wisconsin tried to foul its way back into the game in the final minute, but Jones added two more free throws with 34.9 seconds remaining to seal the victory. Jones and Okafor have known each other since playing for USA Basketball, and they decided together to attend Duke. Their goal was to win a national championship—and now they have it. Kaminsky, the AP player of the year, finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Badgers, who were seeking their first title since 1941. Dekker added 12 points and eight boards. (Read more NCAA stories.)

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