(CNN) -- The Kentucky Wildcats beat the Kansas Jayhawks 67-59 Monday night to win the NCAA men's basketball championship in New Orleans.
Despite a late surge that brought the Jayhawks within six points, the Wildcats dominated the game, leading by double digits during much of the second half.
The championship game pitted Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis, recently named Associate Press college basketball player of the year, with Kansas junior Thomas Robinson, this season's lone unanimous AP All-American pick.
Kentucky's Doron Lamb led the Wildcats in scoring with 22 points, while Davis pitched in 16 rebounds and five assists.
Kansas' Tyshawn Taylor put up 19 points and three assists for the Jayhawks, and Robinson led in rebounds with 17.
The top-seeded Wildcats and the No. 2 seed Wildcats squared off earlier in the year, with Kentucky pulling off a 75-65 win.
The "March Madness" leading up to Monday night's final included several upsets, including Lehigh's win over perennial powerhouse Duke and 15th-seeded Norfolk State's victory over 2nd-seeded Missouri.
Kentucky Defeats Kansas to Take NCAA Title
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