Junior forward Kris Jenkins will go down as one of the greatest heroes in Villanova history.
Villanova defeated North Carolina 77-74 in the national championship thanks to a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Jenkins.
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) April 5, 2016
Already, statues are being built around the Philadelphia metropolitan area.
But before Jenkins’ heroics, UNC had control throughout most of the first half.
The Tar Heels, one of the worst three-point shooting teams in the nation, finished the first half 7-of-9 from three but still held just a five-point lead on the Wildcats at halftime.
Villanova kept plugging away in the second half, as they had some help from an unlikely player.
Sophomore guard Phil Booth picked one hell of a night to score his career high after averaging just 6.7 points per game on the season.
Booth put up 20 points in the game of his life to help Villanova come back and extend their lead.
But a 12-3 run from UNC pulled the contest to within one point with under a minute left. Villanova made their late foul shots to extend the lead to three with one possession left for the Tar Heels.
That’s when senior guard Marcus Paige fired up an awkward-looking three in the final seconds. The desperation shot happened to fall to tie things at 74 apiece with just over four seconds left.
It looked as if we’d be talking about a miraculous North Carolina comeback on Tuesday morning.
But we all know what happened from there.
A fitting end to an incredible tournament.
This image totally looks gold statue ready—perfect for the center of campus.