UNC, Gonzaga advance to national championship

North Carolina Tar Heels forward Kennedy Meeks (3) grabs the rebound against Oregon Ducks forward Jordan Bell (1) at the end of the game for the win in the semifinals of the 2017 NCAA Men’s Final Four. (Photo: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

No. 1 NORTH CAROLINA 77 No. 3 OREGON 76

PHOENIX, AZ — Justin Jackson and Kennedy Meeks combined for 47 points, and the North Carolina Tar Heels advanced to the national title game for the second straight year.

UNC grabbed two offensive rebounds in the final five seconds of regulation to secure the one-point win over the Oregon Ducks. Meeks dropped a double-double (25 points and 14 rebounds) to lead the Tar Heels. He connected on 11 of 13 shots. Jackson finished with 22 on 6-of-13 shooting.

Tyler Dorsey‘s 21 points and Jordan Bell‘s double-double (13 points and 16 rebounds) led the Ducks.

UNC held the Ducks, ranked 40th with a 38.3 percent three point percentage average, to 7-26 (26.9 percent) from three.

The Tar Heels move to 32-7 and the Ducks end their season at 33-6.

No. 1 GONZAGA 77 No. 7 SOUTH CAROLINA 73

PHOENIX, AZ– Zach Collins hit a three with 6:45 left in the second half to put Gonzaga up for good, helping secure the win over the South Carolina Gamecocks and propelling the Bulldogs to the National Championship game for the first time in program history.

Nigel Williams-Goss topped the Bulldogs with 23 points, six assists and five rebounds. P.J. Dozier scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds, with Chris Silva adding 13 points and 13 rebounds, to lead the Gamecocks.

The Bulldogs, an average three point shooting team throughout the season at 37.8 percent (58th in the nation), went 9-19 (47.4 percent) from beyond the arc against the Gamecocks.

The Bulldogs improve to 37-1 and the Gamecocks finish their year at 26-11.

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