DETROIT North Carolina set first-half records for points and the biggest lead in an NCAA championship game, and cruised to a 89-72 win over Michigan State on Monday night.
Tar Heels coach Roy Williams won his second national title and the school's fifth overall.
North Carolina led 55-34 at halftime. Wayne Ellington was 7-for-9 from the field in the first half, including making all three of his 3-point attempts, and had 15 points for North Carolina, which shot 54.8 percent (17-for-31). The Tar Heels were just as dominant on the defensive end, forcing the Spartans into 12 turnovers, two less than they averaged for a game this season.
The Tar Heels had a 17-7 lead less than 5 minutes into the game, and it was 34-11 with 9:44 left when Tyler Hansbrough made two free throws to cap a 10-0 run.