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Basketball: Experience trumps youth as Connecticut beat Kentucky in NCAA final

Published on Apr 8, 2014 3:20 PM
The University of Connecticut Huskies celebrating after defeating the University of Kentucky Wildcats 60-54 in the NCAA Men's Final Four Championship at AT&T Stadium on April 7, 2014 in Arlington, Texas.

ARLINGTON, Texas (Reuters) - Connecticut's experience trumped Kentucky's youth as the Huskies prevailed with a 60-54 NCAA national basketball championship victory on Monday that completed a turnaround for the recently penalised program.

Connecticut missed last year's NCAA tournament, banned from the post-season after failing to meet academic standards, but they restored order this season as they surged to a second title in four years.

Senior Shabazz Napier, one of three players who were also a part of the 2011 championship team, scored 22 points and paced Connecticut with poise that helped overcome the young and hungry Kentucky team.

James Young scored 20 to lead Kentucky, a program that boasts five freshmen in their starting line-up that took the college basketball tournament by storm in reaching the final.

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