Sophomore guard Donte DiVincenzo scored a game-high 31 factors off the bench in Villanova’s 79-62 win towards Michigan within the males’s faculty basketball title recreation Monday in San Antonio.
“I didn’t assume that I used to be going to have this sort of night time,” DiVincenzo informed reporters in his postgame information convention. “Each night time I come into the sport, I simply attempt to carry power. If we get off to a very good begin, I attempt to take that power to a brand new degree. I attempt to defend and I attempt to rebound to the perfect of my potential and simply attempt to get it going.”
“These guys did a terrific job of simply discovering me and I discovered myself in a rhythm.”
Moritz Wagner led the Wolverines to a 21-14 lead 9 minutes into the sport, earlier than the top-seeded Wildcats clawed again onto the court docket on the Alamodome. Villanova went on a 9-Zero run and held Michigan scoreless for greater than 4 minutes, incomes a 23-21 lead on a DiVincenzo Three-pointer with 6:08 remaining within the opening act.
No. Three Michigan tried to combat again, however DiVencenzo stored hitting shot-after-shot to maintain the Wildcats on prime. Villanova constructed up a 37-28 lead on the break. The Wildcats led regardless of beginning the sport 1-for-Eight from Three-point vary.
“Early, we weren’t ready for a few of the issues they had been doing,” Villanova coach Jay Wright stated after the sport. “They jumped on us…We kinda acquired settled in after that and did a very good job defensively.”
Eric Paschall’s Three pointer simply 1:07 minutes into the subsequent body put the Wildcats up 42-30. Villanova pushed that result in 22 factors within the second half and ran away with its second championship in three years.
Mikal Bridges chipped in 19 factors for Villanova. Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman scored 23 factors for Michigan. Wagner had 16 factors and 7 rebounds within the loss.
“They only adjusted I believe. I got here out very aggressive and tried to do my job,” Wagner informed reporters after the sport.
“…They performed the drive higher. I assume I wasn’t as aggressive anymore. Turned it over…you have gotta give them a whole lot of credit score. They’re a extremely good workforce defensively. In the event that they play like that, it is actually laborious to beat them.”
Villanova shot 47.four p.c from the sector and 37 p.c from Three-point vary within the win. Michigan made simply Three-of-23 pictures from downtown within the defeat.