Villanova Tops Michigan in Championship Game

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Villanova Tops Michigan in Championship Game

Sam Lance, Sports Editor

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It was a rainy Monday night, but junior Zac Crutchfield was still outside shooting his pregame jump shots before heading down to the basement to root on his Michigan Wolverines in the national championship.

The referee threw the ball up for the opening tip, and the game was under way.

“Let’s go blue!” Crutchfield said as he slammed the TV remote repetitively on the couch.

Early on the Wolverines looked tough. Star center Moritz Wagner had seven early points including a 3-pointer to propel the Wolverines ahead 9-4 with 16 minutes remaining in the first half.

Another layup by Wagner put the Wolverines up by seven with 11 minutes to go in the first.

“I felt like we actually had a shot to shutdown Villanova even with all their length,” Crutchfield said.

Then redshirt sophomore Donte Divincenzo stepped in. Closing out the half with 12 points including two long range 3-pointers, Divincenzo led his Wildcats to an 11 point lead at halftime.

The second half started off well for Michigan after an easy layup from Wagner, but Villanova went on a 7-0 run to go up by 14 points.

When the game went to commercial, Crutchfield scampered up the stairs and brought back with him his lucky Michigan pajama pants, as if it would cure Michigan’s woes.

However, with 10 minutes remaining Divincenzo’s fast break layup extended the Wildcats lead to 16.

And he wasn’t finished yet. Divincenzo added two more 3-pointers and finished the game with a game-high 31 points, the most in a national championship game since 1978.

“Oh man… When I saw him hit another three I knew we were donion rings,” Crutchfield said.

And he was right. Villanova closed out the game on with impressive free throw shooting, going 7-8 down the stretch.

Once again Crutchfield slammed the remote.

“I think next year… well, I don’t think we’re going to do a whole lot next year,” he said.

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