Villanova captures first championship since 1985 with buzzer beating three

Ryan Micklin

The no. 2 seed Villanova Wildcats defeated the no. 1 seeded North Carolina Tar Heels on Monday, April 4 by a score of 77-74.

It was a back and forth affair for the majority of the game as the favored Tar Heels went into halftime with a five point advantage, 39-34.

Villanova fired back in the second half and began to take control. Villanova’s Josh Hart hit two free throws with 13 seconds left that gave them a 74-71 lead.

On the ensuing possession, North Carolina guard Marcus Paige shot a three-pointer to tie the game up at 74 with 4.7 seconds left on the clock.

Villanova had under five seconds to go in the game when forward Kris Jenkins shot the game-winning three-pointer as the clock expired.

Sophomore guard Phil Booth led Villanova with a career-high
20 points.