Epic Finish: Villanova Wins NCAA Title at Buzzer

Kris Jenkins hits basket as time runs out
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 4, 2016 11:06 PM CDT
Updated Apr 5, 2016 12:03 AM CDT
Villanova Stuns Tar Heels for NCAA Title
Villanova's Kris Jenkins reacts to his game-winning shot.   (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

The Villanova Wildcats are national champions after Kris Jenkins swished a 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat North Carolina 77-74 in one of the greatest NCAA title games of all time. North Carolina's Marcus Paige had just tied it for the Tar Heels after adjusting in the air and rattling home a game-tying 3-pointer with 4.7 seconds left to make it 74-all, the AP reports. It's Villanova's first title since 1985, when Rollie Massimino coaxed a miracle out of his eighth-seeded underdogs for a victory over star-studded Georgetown.

Before Jenkins did his thing, it was sophomore Phil Booth—one of many unheralded players on the Villanova squad—pouring in a career-high 20 points to give the Cats a late 6-point lead. Booth's forced turnaround jumper with the shot clock blaring, then a free throw from Josh Hart gave Villanova a 70-64 lead with 1:52 left. But Carolina never quits. Paige sandwiched a 3-pointer and a putback around a bucket from Brice Johnson to help the Tar Heels stay within striking range. Then he tied the game and the Carolina fans went wild. It looked like overtime. Thanks to Jenkins, it wasn't. (More NCAA basketball stories.)

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