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.
The Wolverines started off with some hot shooting that staked them to an early lead. They continue to attack the basketball and at the 12:00-minute TV timeout they hold a four point lead 18-14.
Both offenses have been red hot with Michigan shooting at 63.6% (7-11) while the Wildcats are at 50% (6-12).
Mo Wagner leads all scorers with nine points.