Villanova Beats UNC With Buzzer-Beater to Cap Crazy NCAA Championship Game (Videos)
Talk about one of your all-time great endings. That’s exactly what this year’s NCAA Tournament Finals between Villanova and North Carolina had to offer.
After going back and forth all game, the Tar Heels mounted a late comeback to erase a 10-point lead and pull within three-points with just 13 seconds remaining in regulation.
That’s when UNC senior guard Marcus Paige did this:
That circus shot by Paige appeared to have bought the Tar Heels five more minutes as it tied the game at 74-74. But with 4.7 seconds still remaining on the clock, Wildcats junior Kris Jenkins had just enough time to respond with some magic of his own:
And there you have it. A buzzer-beating three-pointer to give the Villanova Wildcats their second NCAA men’s basketball championship in school history.
It was the first time an NCAA Finals was won on a buzzer-beater since Lorenzo Charles’ shot at the horn helped North Carolina State beat Houston in the 1983 Championship Game.
Credit to UNC and Nova for giving us such an exciting contest—especially after many of us were left feeling disappointed by Saturday’s pair of blowouts in the Final Four.
What a game!