HOUSTON (AP) — He shoots. He scores. And Villanova wins.
Kris Jenkins spotted up and swished a 3-pointer at the buzzer Monday night to lift Villanova to the national title with a 77-74 victory over North Carolina — one of the wildest finishes in the history of the NCAA Tournament.
Villanova worked the ball to Jenkins moments after Marcus Paige hit a double-clutch 3 with 4.3 seconds left to draw the Tar Heels even.
It’s the first title for the Wildcats (35-5) since 1985, when Rollie Massimino coaxed them to a victory over star-studded Georgetown.
This one might be even more memorable, considering ‘Nova squandered a six-point lead with 1:52 left, only to pull out the game at the end.
Phil Booth led Villanova with 20 points. Jenkins finished with 14,
Paige had 21 for the Heels (33-7) who came one shot short of giving coach Roy Williams his third national title.
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