Villanova takes down North Carolina 77-74 with buzzer-beater in NCAA Championship

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The Villanova Wildcats bench reacts in the second half against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game at NRG Stadium on April 4, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

HOUSTON (April 4, 2016) — 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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