(AP) SAN ANTONIO -The Alamodome became Donte’s Inferno as Villanova captured the NCAA men’s basketball championship for the second time in three seasons.
Donte DiVincenzo torched Michigan for 31 points as the Wildcats thumped the Wolverines, 79-62 at San Antonio. The red-headed sophomore scored 18 points in the first half to help Villanova turn an early seven-point deficit into a 37-29 lead at intermission.
DiVincenzo scored nine straight points for the Wildcats, including consecutive 3-pointers. He finished 10 of 15 from the field, including a 5-for-7 mark from 3-point range as the Wildcats went 10-for-27 from beyond the arc.
DiVincenzo was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.
Mikal Bridges added 19 points on 7-for-12 shooting to help Villanova win easily despite limited production from Jalen Brunson. The AP Player of the Year shot just 4-for-13 and finished with just nine points.
The Wildcats were able to contain Moe Wagner (VAHG’-nur), who had an early nine-point outburst before finishing with 16. Wagner had trouble getting back to the rim for defensive rebounds, allowing the Wildcats to grab 12 boards on the offensive glass.
Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman had a team-high 23 points for the Wolverines, who shot just 3 of 23 from 3-point range.
It’s the third NCAA championship for Villanova, which won all six games in this tournament by double digits.