Just call them Villanova’s Killer B’s:
For most of the night, Jalen Brunson had carried Villanova on his back. Until Providence switched a 6-foot-4 sophomore reserve named Drew Edwards on him late in the second half.
Enter Mikal Bridges.
Who drilled a pair of NBA 3s in overtime. One a catch-and-shoot after a Brunson fumble.
Before Brunson hit a short right-wing jumper just before the shot clock expired with 1:17 remaining in the Friars’ third straight overtime.
These were two heavyweights going toe-to-toe in the center of the ring between Seventh and Eighth avenues, and it was Villanova 76, Providence 66 when it ended.
“It was old-school Big East, man,” Jay Wright said.
And Phil Booth was lip-synching Sinatra when they played “New York, New York” as the Villanova players cut down the Garden nets for the second straight year.
And Bridges lay down to pose for a photo on the court with mascot Will D. Cat and the cheerleaders, before hugging a woman named Kim Barben, his old 10th-grade European history teacher, who had come rushing down from her seat to the edge of the court to tell him: “I’m so proud of you!”
Brunson on Bridges: “He’s great to play with. I have so much confidence in him. Everyone has confidence in him. He has the ability to make big shots. I’m just really glad that we’ve had this opportunity together.”