No. 4 Villanova opens title defense with romp over Lafayette

Villanova head coach Jay Wright, right, talks with Darryl Reynolds (45) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Lafayette, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, in Villanova. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)
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VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) Jalen Brunson scored 17 points, Kris Jenkins had 16 and No. 4 Villanova opened defense of its national championship with an 88-48 victory over Lafayette on Friday night.

Jenkins opened his season the same way he ended the last one – with a 3-pointer. Jenkins hit a buzzer-beating 3 in the title game to lift the Wildcats to a 77-74 win over North Carolina. With a national championship banner hanging in the rafters, Jenkins scored Villanova's first basket of the season on a 3-pointer.

Jenkins scored 13 points in the first half and the Wildcats stormed to a 49-17 lead.