The Butler Bulldogs started hitting three-pointers with about two minutes left to close the gap to eight. Shelvin Mack scored his first points of the second half and all of a sudden it looked like there was a chance for Butler to make this a game, finally.
Alas, UConn closed the door on that real quick and then shut down the entire game, held on to the ball and waited out the clock to clinch the 2011 National Title with a 53-41 defensive victory. With the win, Jim Calhoun and UConn win their third National Title since 1999.
Butler finished the night shooting 18% on the evening, the worst shooting night in the history of the NCAA Title game. The Bulldogs were the first non-major conference team to play in back-to-back title games since Houston, and just like the Cougars, they lost both times.
Kemba Walker finished with 16 points and Alex Oriakhi finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Along with Jeremy Lamb (12 points), the trio of Huskies held down the fort while the offense found its way in the second half.
Shelvin Mack led Butler with 13 points in a losing effort.