When University of North Carolina’s Marcus Paige hit the game-tying three-point basket with 4.7 seconds to play in the National Championship game, Jay Wright immediately called timeout.
That timeout set up what could go down as the greatest play of all time, a three-point shot with four-tenths of a second by Kris Jenkins, that sent the team partying like it’s 1985.
Ironically, that’s the last time Villanova won the National Championship. Now 31 years later, the Wildcats are champions once again, defeating UNC 77-74.
“We have an end of the game situation play like that,” Wright told USA Today Sports’ Nicole Auerbach that he told his team in a timeout after Paige’s stunner. “We put it in Arci’s hands and Kris told him he was going to be open and Arch made the perfect pass. Kris lives for that moment.”
Those three points where three of 14 for the junior.
Phil Booth came off the bench for the Wildcats and posted 20 points followed by 16 points for Ryan Arcidiacono and 12 for Josh Hart.
Paige had 21 points in the loss for UNC followed by Joel Berry II, who posted 20 and who added 14.
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UNC freshman and Clearview Regional High School (South Jersey) graduate Gianna Bowe had a unique view of the game.
“It was an awesome experience,” said Bowe, of the game. “Franklin Street was shut down, everyone was ready to storm but it sucks that we lost but both teams played a great game.”
It was interesting to find out that Jenkins and Britt are as close to being brothers as you can without being directly related. The two have been friends since the age of 10.
In 2007, when Jenkins’ mom fell on hard times, Britt’s mother Melody Britt stepped in and adopted Jenkins.
UNC did out-rebound the Wildcats, 33-23 with Villanova securing just two offensive rebounds. The two teams combined for 21 turnovers.
Villanova shot 58% from the floor and 76% (13-17) from the foul line.
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