Villanova junior Kris Jenkins.

Villanova alum Herrera hails 2016 NCAA men’s basketball champions

S.F. City Attorney breaks tradition of limiting news announcements to actual news—publicly celebrates his alma mater’s thrilling national championship win

Villanova junior Kris Jenkins.
Villanova junior Kris Jenkins made the last-second three-pointer to win the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.

SAN FRANCISCO (April 4, 2016)—City Attorney Dennis Herrera heaped praise on the Villanova men’s basketball team tonight, after the 2-seed Wildcats won its first NCAA championship since 1985—its second in school history—in a thriller against the narrowly favored North Carolina Tar Heels.

Herrera, a Villanova alumnus who earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and government in 1984, credited his alma mater’s victory to key defensive adjustments and clutch shooting to fend off a late-game Tar Heels comeback.  Villanova won the game, 77–74, on a three-point buzzer-beater in the closing second by forward Kris Jenkins.  Senior guard Ryan Arcidiacono lent the key assist for the game winner.

“I’m incredibly proud of my Wildcats tonight,” Herrera said immediately following the game.  “It’s a well-deserved championship for a team that rose to so many challenges this season.  They had a harder road, against tougher opponents.  They played their hearts out through their bracket, and they broke records in the process.  They ended up facing one of the great UNC teams, from one of college basketball’s most storied programs—and tonight, they were the better team.  Congratulations to Villanova!  It’s a proud moment for all of us Wildcats.” 


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