The University of Connecticut Huskies won its third National Championship in school history after handling the Butler University Bulldogs, 53-41, in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Finals on April 4 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.

The No. 3 seed Huskies earned the title in what’s considered perhaps the “ugliest“ championship game in recent history. Tough defense and poor shooting led to only 41 combined first half points, the lowest scored since the 1946 title. No. 8 seed Butler, known for its aggressive defense, contained UCONN star Kemba Walker early on, holding the junior guard to only 7 first half points. Butler took a 22-19 lead into halftime on a buzzer beating three-pointer by Bulldogs junior guard Shelvin Mack, who finished with a team-high 13 points.

But the Huskies made adjustments in the second half, leaning on freshman guard Jeremy Lamb for offense. With Walker facing double-team traps, Lamb took advantage of open opportunities; scoring 12 of his game total points in the second half. Walker eventually found his shot and UCONN was able to run away with the score late in the game. Walker finished with a team-high 16 points, along with nine rebounds, while sophomore center Alex Oriakhi added a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Butler finished the game shooting 18 percent from the field, the worst in NCAA Tournament Finals history.

UCONN head coach Jim Calhoun is now the oldest head coach to win a NCAA championship at age 68.