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Duke does it, in 61-59 thriller over Butler

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Duke's "Big Three" weren't going to be denied the championship they so desperately craved.

As usual, they did most of the work by themselves -- then got some timely help from their big man.

The Blue Devils held on to beat Butler 61-59 Monday night for their first national title since 2001, and once again, their three stars did most of the heavy lifting.

Kyle Singler scored 19 points, Jon Scheyer added 15 and Nolan Smith 13. But title No. 4 wasn't secure until 7-foot-1 center Brian Zoubek got a hand in Gordon Hayward's face on a missed shot with 7 seconds left, hit a free throw with 3.6 seconds to go and held his breath as Hayward's half-court heave at the buzzer clipped off the glass and the rim.

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