Kentucky beats Kansas for NCAA basketball championship, 67-59

photo The Kentucky bench cheers during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Kansas, Monday, April 2, 2012, in New Orleans.

NEW ORLEANS - Doron Lamb scored 22 points, and Kentucky won its eighth national championship, holding off Kansas for a 67-59 victory Monday night.

The Wildcats (38-2) led by as many as 18 points in the first half and were still up 15 with 5:13 to play. Kansas (32-7), a team which rallied from several big deficits this season, was able to get as close as 62-57 with 1:37 to play.

Kentucky closed the game by making five of seven free throws over the final 1:11 and that set off quite a celebration in the Superdome.

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