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After the second NBA-range three-pointer fell through the net in less than a minute, Donte DiVincenzo bounded back on defense with pep in his step but no emotion on his face.

The reserve guard finally marinated in the moment when a timeout was called and he earned not one but two chest bumps from teammates. He thrust an arm into the air, pointing toward the vast Villanova cheering section behind the team bench.

“Di-Vin-Cen-zo!” the Wildcats fans roared inside the Alamodome. “Di-Vin-Cen-zo!”

They can say that again. The Big East Conference’s sixth man of the year was the primary factor in the top-seeded Wildcats’ 79-62 conquest of third-seeded Michigan on Monday night in the NCAA tournament’s championship game.

Donte DiVincenzo leads Villanova to first half lead over Michigan

Donte DiVincenzo #10 of the Villanova Wildcats drives to the basket. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Donte DiVincenzo #10 of the Villanova Wildcats drives to the basket. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

The Villanova Wildcats closed the first half with a 23-7 run to open up a 37-28 lead against the Michigan Wolverines in the NCAA Basketball National Championship game. 

The Wolverines used the hot hand of Mo Wagner to sprint out to an early lead, but the top-seeded Wildcats got 18 points from Big East Conference’s sixth man of the year Donte DiVincenzo to inch closer to the title. 

DiVicenzo made seven of his 10 shots, including three of four from the three-point line to lead all scores. 

Villanova shot 45.2% (14-31) in the first half and dominated the Wolverines on the boards with a 20-14 advantage. 

Michigan was led by Mo Wagner with 11 points and 10 from MuhammadAli Abdur-Rahkman.

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