SAN ANTONIO -- What Roy Williams needed was a comeback for
the ages. But the Kansas Jayhawks left their old coach in the dust
by getting 25 points and seven rebounds from Brandon Rush to stave
off a ferocious comeback by North Carolina for an 84-66 victory in
the national semifinals.
Kansas used an 18-0 run to take a 40-12 lead late in the first
half. But the Tar Heels made a furious rally to get as close as
five points with 9 minutes left. But the Tar Heels ran out of gas
in their effort to pull off the biggest Final Four comeback ever.
Tyler Hansbrough led the Tar Heels with 17 points and nine boards.
Kansas moved within a win of its first national championship
since 1988. That's the year before Williams began his storied
15-year tenure in Lawrence before he moved back to his alma mater.
The Jayhawks will play Memphis, an earlier 78-63 winner over
UCLA, in the title game Monday night.