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U of L storms back to win NCAA championship 82-76

Louisville stormed back and took the lead after trailing Michigan by 12 points in the first half to win Monday night

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ATLANTA (AP) - Louisville stormed back and took the lead after trailing Michigan by 12 points in the first half to win Monday night's championship game, 82-76.

Michigan led the top-seeded Cardinals 33-21 in the first half. The Cardinals recovered to lead 71-64 with 4:34 remaining - a 19-point turnaround.

Luke Hancock started the comeback with 16 points in the first half.

Hancock made all five of his 3-pointers and led Louisville to its first NCAA men's basketball championship since 1986 with a 82-76 victory over Michigan on Monday night.

Coach Rick Pitino added this title to the one he won at Kentucky in 1996 and is the first coach to win a championship at two schools. Earlier in the day, Pitino was elected to the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame.

Hancock scored 22 points and Peyton Siva had 18 for the Cardinals (35-5), who trailed by 12 late in the first half.

Trey Burke had 24 points for Michigan (31-8), which was in the final for the first time since the Fab Five led the Wolverines there in 1993. Little-used freshman Spike Albrecht added 17 points.

The attendance for Monday night's Louisville-Michigan game at the Georgia Dome was 74,326 - a record for a championship game.

The record may not last long. The 2014 Final Four will be held at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Attendance there could reach 80,000.


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