Villanova Wins 2016 Championship On Last Second Three
4.7 seconds to go, tie game 74-74, Kris Jenkins gets a hand off pass, shot gets off with 0.6 seconds on the clock, nothing but the bottom of the net to give Villanova the 77-74 victory over North Carolina. The first National Championship for Villanova since 1985. Jenkins finished the game with 14 points on 2-4 shooting from three point range, no shot bigger than the final one.
The game was a back and forth battle with both the Wildcats and Tar Heels taking turns imposing their style of basketball on the other for stretches. Villanova was led by Sophmore Phil Booth who came off the bench early in First Half thanks to early foul trouble by Kris Jenkins. Booth finished the game with 20 points, 1 Block, 1 Steal and was 6 for 6 from the Foul Line.
For the Tar Heels Senior Marcus Paige finished the game with 21 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds while Sophmore Joel Berry notched 20 points and 4 assists. It was Paige's dramatic three point basketball with 6 seconds left that tied the game 74-74, but Villanova seemed like a team of destiny all night long coming back again and again.
Villanova finished the night shooting 58.3 Percent from the field but it was North Carolina who shot 64.7 percent from three point range on the evening. Villanova also overcame being out rebounded 36-23 by North Carolina.