Super ‘Nova! Wildcats Win National Championship
Donte DiVincenzo came off the bench to score 18 first half points and Villanova won their second National Championship in three years, defeating Michigan 79-62 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
DiVincenzo, the Big East sixth man of the year, helped lead the Wildcats to a 23-7 run late in the first half en route to a 37-28 halftime lead.
Villanova increased its lead to 51-33 before Michigan rallied to get within twelve points. But DiVincenzo hit an inside shot and a triple en route to eleven straight points to get the lead back to 18. The Wolverines never got closer than 14 points the rest of the way as Villanova's lead ballooned to 22 points with 3:14 to play.
After making just 4-13 from three point range in the first half, the Wildcats were 6-14 in the second half. Michigan, meanwhile, was just 3-22
DiVincenzo wound up with 31 points, while Mikal Bridges added 14. Jalen Brunson, the national Player of the Year, sat out much of the second half and scored nine points.
Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahman led Michigan with 23 points, while Mo Wagner added 16.