DETROIT (AP) -There were no late-game thrills this time for Scottie Reynolds. There won't be again in this NCAA tournament.
Villanova's 3-pointers fell short - a dreadful 5-for-27 - and clanged off the rim, yet kept getting tossed up. The Wildcats abandoned their usual patient offense and their lockdown defense that was a staple of their Final Four run let up too many big baskets.
The 1985 Wildcats rooted on this year's team from behind the bench, but there was no repeat of that championship night in Villanova's 83-69 loss to North Carolina in the national semifinals on Saturday night.
led to score against the Tar Heels in the first 9 minutes of the game.
He sure tried to help the Wildcats keep up with a flurry of 3-point attempts. Lots of them.
All that meant was more misses and a bigger deficit.
Villanova nearly missed as many 3s (22) against North Carolina as total shots the '85 squad attempted against the Hoyas.
Those '85 Wildcats stunned Georgetown with a near-flawless 22-for-28 effort from the floor in the last title game played without a shot clock. And there was no 3-point line when 'Nova shocked the sports world.
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