Posted: Apr 8, 2013 9:11 PM by Andrew Masuda
Updated: Apr 8, 2013 9:42 PM
ATLANTA (AP) - Their best player was struggling and their main backup was on the bench with a broken leg. Louisville still had more than enough to win its third national title.
Luke Hancock made four straight 3-pointers in the first half, and Peyton Siva and Chane Behanan had monster second halves to lead the top-seeded Cardinals (35-5) to their first national title since 1986 on Monday night with an 82-76 victory over Michigan.
Hancock finished with 22 points, including a perfect 5 for 5 from 3-point range. Siva had 14 of his 18 points in the second half, and Chane Behanan had 11 of his 12 rebounds in the second half. Behanan also chipped in 15 points.
As the final seconds ticked off, Hancock looked at the Louisville fans and screamed.
The seldom-used Spike Albrecht scored 17 points in the first half, and the Wolverines led by 12. But that lead was only one at halftime. Michigan was looking for its first NCAA title since 1989. Trey Burke, the national player of the year, tried to rally Michigan in the second half. He did his best, finishing with 24 points, but it wasn't enough.
Hancock was named the Most Outstanding Player. He followed up his 20 point effort in the semifinals with a team-best 22 points in the title game.
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