BROOKLYN — JayVaughn Pinkston had just eight points on the night, but he made the two biggest plays of the young season for No. 12 Villanova.
With 13 seconds left in the game, Pinkston overpowered a flopping Caris LeVert in the post, scoring to put the Wildcats up 56-55. After a driving Derrick Walton was stripped, Michigan ran a gorgeous out of bounds play to get Zak Irvin what appeared to be a wide open layup.
But Pinkston was having none of it:
While that may be the block of the year — even if it is only arguably the block of the game — it helped seal the win for the Wildcats, who won 60-55 after four Ryan Arcidiacono free throws in the final seconds.
Caris LeVert led No. 19 Michigan with 16 points and six boards, which included a number of key buckets late in what was one of the best November basketball games that you’ll ever see. Michigan, at one point, allowed Villanova to go on a 15-0 run at the end of the first half and start of the second half, but they responded with a 23-5 run of their own. Villanova looked like they were dead in the water, but some stalwart defending and a renewed focus on pounding the ball into the lane earned Villanova the come from behind win.
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