INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- On Monday night, the Duke Blue Devils and Butler Bulldogs battled it out at the NCAA Championship men's basketball game in Indianapolis.
After a 25-game winning streak, the Bulldogs came up short of becoming the first Cinderella team to win a NCAA Championship. Duke defeated Butler 61-59.
The Blue Devils ended their nine year drought, by winning their fourth NCAA title.
The Blue Devils took an early lead in the 1st half then Butler forward Gordon Hayward tipped it in to let the other team know that the Bulldogs came to play.
Later in the half, Duke forward Kyle Singler dropped a 3-pointer, putting the Blue Devils up by two. Two minutes later, Butler Guard Shelvin Mack gets two more of his own.
Then with 22 seconds left, Butler forward Avery Jukes dropped in a 3-pointer and the Bulldogs went into the half down by one.
Second half -- Butler guard Ronald Nored sank a 3-pointer putting the Bulldogs on top by one. Later in the half, Singler put up twomore , but Mack delivered once again with a jumper for two. Then with 4:47 left in the game Singler made a 2-pointer, increasing the Blue Devil lead to three.
The Bullldogs came within one basket to tie the game as Hayward shot for three and the ball bounced off the rim. He gots another attempt at the buzzer and it is no good. The Blue Devils had earned their fourth championship.
"It's not like its the end of the world, Hayward said. "That' the biggest thing and just that God's blessed us this whole season and so, it's great to have Him to lean back on and realize that the sun's going to come up tomorrow and we'll move on. But it is obviously tough right now."
"I told someone earlier this week that my dad, who is a pastor said always hold your head high," Nored said. "You know, no matter what the circumstances."
"You know he grew up in a town very poor. He went through cancer for a year and never dropped his head," he added. "And I think you know, just that and the kind of guy he was, and just the faith he instilled in me, the way he showed me I can't hang my head about this."
"I mean I don't think either of us can describe it," said Duke forward Miles Plumlee. "It's just unreal."
"It's a blessing," said Duke forward Mason Plumlee. "Balls could have bounced different ways. "Were just fortunate and like you said, it is a blessing. "You've got to be humble about it, I'm just grateful because this could be anybody really."
"I'm happy because I know how hard we've all worked all year in practice and everyday just to get to this point, to actually get here and to actually win it," said Duke guard Seth Curry. "I mean as a player as hard as I work, and as hard as I play, I may never get back again. So I'm trying to enjoy the moment."
"Its indescribable man," said Duke guard Andre Dawkins. "I mean this is the stuff you dream about your whole life and to actually be National Champions, this is amazing."
"It's really hard to say," said Duke guard Nolan Smith. "I'm speechless. "This is something that is really special to myself and my family, to my mom, my sister. I've seen them up there with tears on their faces. You know, father and son can win a championship in the same city."