HOUSTON (AP/WTXF) — 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.
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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.
The Wildcats will be featured on the cover of this weeks Sports Illustrated. On Tuesday evening, the Wildcats arrived home after winning the national title. Celebrations are planned and a parade will be held on Friday.