No. 4 Villanova opens title defense with romp over Lafayette
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.