North Carolina beats Michigan State 89-72

DETROIT (AP) - North Carolina has beaten Michigan State 89-72 to win its fifth NCAA basketball championship.

Ty Lawson led a record-setting first half and the Tar Heels coasted to an easy victory Monday night at Ford Field.

The Tar Heels (34-4) started the season as the unanimous No. 1 pick and breezed through the NCAA tournament. They became the first team to win all six games by double digits since Duke in 2001.

Lawson finished with 21 points and eight steals for coach Roy Williams' team.

Goran Suton had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Michigan State (31-7). The Spartans lost for the first time in three championship game appearances.

North Carolina beat Michigan State 98-63 on the same court on Dec. 3.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - It didn't take long for the celebration to begin Monday night after the North Carolina Tar Heels won the NCAA basketball championship.

Immediately after the 89-72 win over Michigan State, several thousand fans poured onto Franklin Street in downtown Chapel Hill. Several bonfires were set and fans were jumping over them. Other fans were seen hanging from street signs.

Earlier, students and fans packed the Smith Center to watch Tyler Hansbrough, Ty Lawson and the rest of the Tar Heels on a 16-foot-by-20-foot screen and four video scoreboards.

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