This time, it didn't go in.
It certainly didn't have the thrilling finish of last year's title game, but for Tar Heel fans, it was a thing of beauty. The teams traded two more made shots from behind the arc, with Berry hitting the latter of the two to make it 62-59.
The sixth title moves North Carolina ahead of rival Duke and IN for third-most all time, trailing only UCLA (11) and Kentucky (eight).
North Carolina coach Roy Williams came to the referees defense following the contest.
"They wanted redemption", said Williams, the sixth coach to win three or more NCAA championships. "I think we'll eventually realize that - put the game into perspective".
North Carolina's two victories in the Final Four came by a combined seven points, the smallest margin for a championship team since MI in 1989.
Gonzaga, hampered by both Williams-Goss' 5-17 shooting and serious front-line foul trouble - wonder freshman Zach Collins fouled out with more than five minutes to go - the Bulldogs got an unexpected contribution from guard Josh Perkins, who scored 13 (all in the first half) after averaging five points in his earlier five tourney games. Williams almost won another title last season before Jenkins made a buzzer-beating shot, an ending that Williams said he had not watched and probably never would.
That was a big reason Gonzaga held a 25-23 rebounding edge at halftime. ". Both teams played extremely hard".
Joel Berry II led the Tar Heels with 22 points in the victory.
MVP Joel Berry had 22 points with six assists, three rebounds and two steals to lead the Tar Heels to victory.
"No, there wasn't [any talk of reviewing the play]", Few said after the game. "My teammates said just keep on pushing". "It was just a dream come true and I was elated for them".
During the postgame celebration, he acknowledged he wasn't 100 percent but said he gave it his all.
Federer to rest until French Open
Federer, now a three-time Miami victor , leads 10-9 on hardcourt. "I am very excited about playing back on clay again", he said . Federer said he's healthy and wants to stay that way after missing the final six months of 2016 because of a knee injury.
It wasn't a game of beauty.
Eades missed the call and North Carolina kept possession up by one.
After the game, Gonzaga coach Mark Few said he didn't realize that officials had missed a call.
Meeks picked up his fourth foul with less than 10 minutes to play, and Hicks collected his fourth later in the second half. There were 43 fouls called on the night, 26 of them coming in the second half.
The play led to a jumper by Isaiah Hicks to give North Carolina a three-point advantage.
The first half was mostly dominated by Gonzaga, a school still searching for their first ever championship.
Karnowski had nine points on 1-of-8 shooting. And they still won.
For a whole year, the Tar Heels thought about what might have been.
Check out the above photo of North Carolina's Kennedy Meeks battling Gonzaga's Silas Melson for a loose ball with less than a minute remaining and the Tar Heels up by one.
The Tar Heels can put previous year behind them now.
Berry becomes the seventh player in NCAA Division I history to score 20 or more points in consecutive national championship games.