Tuesday, April 6

Duke wins 2010 NCAA Title In 61-59 Thriller Over Butler

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Buzzer went off. Where it landed would be the difference between a shining moment for one team, a tearstained loss for another. Butler forward Gordon Hayward's halfcourt shot hit backboard, then rim, then barely careened out. Duke beat Butler 61-59 on Monday night. What a game! And what a way to end the season, even if America's favorite underdog came up a little short.

Duke's Gordon Hayward seized the last-chance, half-court gasp hit the backboard and barly front-rimmed out with the buzzer sounding.

Duke's big three -- Singler, Jon Scheyer and Nolan Smith — led them again. Singler drained silky jumpers out of intricate sets, Scheyer capped a dynamic senior year with 15 points and Smith played steadily and scored 13. Zoubek proved a terror on the boards, with 11 rebounds and made the game’s best defensive play.
Butler -- with the disparity in traditions, budgets and name recognition -- represented the best of the tournament. However, Duke outslugged scrappy Butler, which had won 25 consecutive games, in a tense, edge-of-your-couch game with 5 ties, 15 lead changes and 2 potentially game-winning shots by Butler that caromed out in the final five seconds.

"This was a great basketball game," said the Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski. "I want to congratulate an amazing Butler team. We played a great game and they played a great game."

Memorable, for the way both teams battled, never giving an inch, or giving in on a single possession.

"It will become an historic game, a benchmark game," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "Not just the way it was played, but who played in it and what comes about."

"I can't really put it into words because the last couple of plays were just not normal," said Duke's Kyle Singler, who scored 19 points and was named the Final Four's most outstanding player.
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