Villanova won their second national championship in program history against North Carolina, 77-74, on a Kris Jenkins buzzer-beater. The Tar Heels tied the game at 74 before the game-winning shot when senior Marcus Paige hit a double-clutch three pointer.
The two teams went shot for shot throughout the night but ‘Nova had the ball last and made the most of their opportunity. Although only playing 21 minutes in this game because of foul trouble, Jenkins remained on the court down the stretch despite the four fouls. He made the most of that opportunity.
Jenkins’s shot may have won the game for the Wildcats, but Phil Booth kept them in the contest. The sophomore guard had a career-high 20 points off the bench in 25 minutes of play. Jenkins and redshirt freshman Mikal Bridges were both in foul trouble throughout the night, which gave Booth the opportunity to shine.
Senior Ryan Arcidiacono, who was named the Final Four Most Outstanding Player, scored 16 points in his final game as a Wildcat, while junior Josh Hart had 12 points of his own.
Paige scored a game-high 21 points in his last game as a Tar Heel. Paige got off to a slow start on the offensive end by only scoring 4 points in the first half, but he rebounded in the second period with 17 points. Joel Berry II and Brice Johnson added 20 and 14 points respectively for UNC.
This game will go down as one of the best NCAA tournament games ever. Both teams played their hearts out but the team with the ball on the last possession ultimately won the game. What a way to end this year's tournament?
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