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Fans cheer on the campus of Villanova University after the NCAA national title game

Fans cheer on the campus of Villanova University after the NCAA national title game

Graduate of University of Delaware.

In the second half, when MI tried to make a move, DiVincenzo put down the uprising with 11 straight points and a wink toward the sideline at his buddy and former Wildcats star Josh Hart, who is in his rookie season with the Los Angeles Clippers.

MI (33-8) came out playing tough-nosed defense it relied on over a 14-game winning streak that got the Wolverines to their second final in six years.

Thousands of Villanova Wildcats fans poured into the streets of suburban Philadelphia after the school beat MI on Monday night to win its second men's national basketball title in the last three years.

DiVincenzo finished with 31 points - a title game record for a bench player - plus five rebounds and two emphatic blocked shots.

Matthews, Michigan's second-leading scorer, managed only six points on 3-for-9 shooting and committed five turnovers. I was just trying to make the right play. What I mean by that is, that they are physically tough but they are also very athletic. "And Omari [Spellman] was setting great screens and getting me open".

He started with a quick jumper as he scored 12 points over the last 10:23 of the half to flip that seven-point deficit into a 37-28 halftime lead. ESPN draft scribe Jonathan Givony rated him as only the 63rd-best prospect in this year's potential class before the NCAA tournament, and another year with the Wildcats - this time as a starter - could be even more beneficial to his credentials than his massive game against MI. Around eight minutes left in the second half, the game was essentially over, the damage too great for MI to regain their ground against Villanova.

"Eats you up forever", MI coach John Beilein said. "Rather than come to college saying I want to get out as soon as I can".

DiVincenzo squashed any questions about this game with a 10-for-15 shooting night - 5 for 7 from 3 -that was, frankly, better than that.

But with DiVincenzo, it was too much for MI (33-8), ending an impressive run for a team aiming to win its first national title since 1989. "If you don't do anything with it, just because you suffered a loss, that's not going to make you better".

The Villanova Wildcats embarrassed elite programs Kansas and MI in San Antonio to claim their second men's basketball National Championship in three years.

In a season when it appeared there was no clear-cut dominant power, on the final night of the season the Wildcats were not only dominant, but superior and mostly because DiVincenzo was nearly unstoppable.

Villanova defeated MI 79-62 in Monday's title game in San Antonio, setting off a raucous celebration around the suburban Philadelphia campus.

Jubilant supporters lit fires and climbed street poles all while emergency crews and 400 extra police officers tried to keep order around the Villanova campus. Their run amounts to the most inspiring multiyear example of an unselfish championship culture and exquisite roster construction the sport has seen since Florida won back-to-back titles in 2006 and 2007. "We have full confidence in him to take that shot; and when he got hot, we kept giving him the ball".

Donte DiVincenzo's Twitter history came to light after his unforgettable performance off the bench for Villanova Monday night. They won all six of their tournament games by double figures. But there's also "a chart", he said, that maps out that examines the current roster and what the Wildcats' needs might be going forward.

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