Columbia native Jenkins hits winner for ‘Nova

Villanova's Kris Jenkins (2) shoots a game winning three point basket in the closing seconds of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against North Carolina, Monday, April 4, 2016, in Houston. Villanova won 77-74. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

HOUSTON (AP) – He shoots. He scores. And Villanova wins.

Kris Jenkins, a Columbia native who played his high school career in Washington, D.C., 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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