In what may go down as the best NCAA Championship game in history, the Villanova Wildcats defeated the North Carolina Tar Heels in a final score of 77-74.
After leading for a majority of the game, UNC lost the lead at the 12:46 minute mark of the second half when Villanova’s Phil Booth nailed a huge three point jumper. The Tar Heels would never regain command of the matchup following Booth’s go-ahead basket.
Following back and forth action the rest of the way, the Tar Heels now had possession of the ball, trailing by three, with 13 seconds remaining.
Coach Roy Williams of UNC then made the decision to place the ball in the hands of his star player, Marcus Paige. The senior point guard would respond to his coach’s decision by delivering a double-clutch three-point shot to tie the game at 74, with just four seconds left.
The Wildcats would call a timeout to draw up a play to potentially win the game.
Play resumes, as Villanova’s Ryan Arcidiacono brings the ball up-court. He dribbles to about four feet behind the three-point line, passes it to Kris Jenkins, who takes a one-two step, shoots the three and swishes it as time expires.
Arcidiacono, who recorded 16 points, two rebounds and two assists in the final, was recognized for his play following the game by being named the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player.
For UNC, guards, Paige and Joel Berry II, and forward Brice Johnson led the way, scoring a combined 55 points of the Tar Heels’ total 74.
The Wildcats won their second ever NCAA Championship and first since 1985.