ATLANTA, Ga. -- Luke Hancock went 5-for-5 from 3-point range en route to matching a career-high with 22 points off the bench as the Cardinals captured their first NCAA Tournament title since 1986 by holding off the Wolverines in Atlanta.
Peyton Siva added 18 points and Chane Behanan scored 11 of his 15 in the second half as Louisville coach Rick Pitino became the first coach to win a National Championship with two different schools (Kentucky 1996). Hancock and Siva combined to go 4-for-4 from the free throw line in the final 29 seconds to seal the victory.
Gorgui Dieng hit a pair of jumpers and Hancock knocked down his fifth 3-pointer of the night from the left corner to provide the Cardinals with a 76-66 lead with 3:27 to play.
National Player of the Year Trey Burke tried to bring the Wolverines back and scored six points during an 8-2 burst that cut it to 78-74, but Hancock and Siva sealed it from the line. Burke scored 24 points and Spike Albrecht scored all of his 17 points in the first half for Michigan (31-8), which missed out on its first Championship since 1989.
Behanan scored seven points during a 12-3 run early in the second half as Louisville took control 54-49. The Wolverines kept it within five points over the next six minutes but never managed to regain the lead.
Burke came out strong with seven points in the first 2:40 but quickly picked up a second foul and had to be replaced by Albrecht. The freshman guard buried four 3-pointers and capped his brilliant first half on a layup with 3:55 left in the period that gave the Wolverines a 33-21 advantage.
Louisville turned to its own bench stars to make up the deficit as Hancock hit 3-pointers on four consecutive possessions to cut it to 36-35. The Cardinals took their first lead of the game and capped a 14-1 burst on the following possession, when Siva stole it from Albrecht and found Montrezl Harrell for an alley-oop.