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Villanova tops Carolina 77-74 on Jenkins' buzzer-beater

11 months 3 weeks 3 days ago April 05, 2016 Apr 5, 2016 Tuesday, April 05 2016 April 05, 2016 7:08 AM in Sports
Source: AP National Writer
By: EDDIE PELLS

HOUSTON - 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.

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.

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