Villanova men ‘fans’ goatees as Wildcats defeat Michigan in first round

Villanova senior guard and fellow Georgetown standout Jahlil Okafor scored 23 points, and junior forward Jahlili Wilson added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Wildcats (11-1, 7-1 Big East).

Villanova held Michigan to a season-low 29.5 percent shooting, and it won its second straight, 82-81, in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Villanova shot 54 percent from the field, including 30 percent from 3-point range, and outrebounded Michigan, 30-10.

“I don’t know if I’ve ever seen anybody play like this,” said Michigan coach Tom Izzo, who was hired in January after the Spartans lost eight games in a row.

“It’s amazing to me.

That’s the kind of team we’ve got.

I’ve been to this tournament a couple times and it was a great experience for me.”

Villanova was down 10 in the first half when Wilson, who has been averaging 14.3 points and 11.2 rebounds over his last three games, had a dunk and a layup with 7.2 seconds left in the opening quarter.

Villaga went on a 9-0 run to cut the Wolverines’ lead to 63-59.

But Michigan answered with a 16-4 run, capped by OkaFOR’s 3-pointer, to get within 67-56.

“Jahlil got a big dunk on the other end,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said.

“And then he got a layin’ in for his teammate to make it.

It was a really good, tight game.”

Wilson scored 12 points, including a pair of free throws with 2.3 seconds left, for the Wolverests (11 and 7).

Wilson made 9 of 13 shots from the free throw line, including 4 of 6 from 3, as the Wildcats outrebuffed the Wolverades, 34-25.

“We didn’t take enough shots, but we played great defense,” said Wilson, a freshman from Indiana.

“They got to our 3-pointers a lot.

They got a couple of easy ones.

We just had to find a way to score the ball.”

Villains forward Jaron Blossomgame (18 points, 12 rebounds) had 13 points and five assists.

“That’s a team we were going to have trouble against,” Wright said of the Wolverages.

“Just to beat them on the defensive end, that’s going to be tough.

They have a great point guard and great point forward, so it was just a matter of finding a way.

We had to play some great defense.

I think we did.”

Freshman point guard Tye Smith had 12 points for Villanova, which was 0-1 against the Wolverings this season.

The Wildcats are coming off their second straight win against the Spartans, a 90-86 win Dec. 9 at Michigan.

Michigan is coming off a 79-76 loss at Kentucky on Friday.

“Our guys are hungry,” Michigan coach John Beilein said.

Villans guard Isaiah Whitehead had 17 points and eight rebounds.

“Everyone’s going for each other,” said Villanova forward Jordan Mickey.

“When we were down we were trying to find each other.

We all want to win.

We’re just going to go out there and play our best basketball.”

Villanics forward Jabari Bird had 15 points and nine rebounds for Michigan.

Sophomore guard Dontae Johnson had 11 points.