Villanova breaks Final Four record for 3s in a game

SAN ANTONIO -- Villanova tied the Final Four mark for 3-pointers made in a game on Saturday against Kansas -- in the first half -- before breaking the record early in the second frame.

The Wildcats made 13 of 26 3-pointers in the first half, jumping to a 47-32 lead on Kansas. Villanova scored just eight of its points from inside the arc. Seven players made at least one 3-pointer in the first half, with five players hitting multiple 3s.

Eric Paschall hit the record-breaker with 19:00 to play in the second half.

By the end of the Wildcats' 95-79 victory, the team had hit 18 total 3s.

"That was just one of those nights," Villanova coach Jay Wright said. "Man, we made every shot to start the game. ... I feel bad for Kansas. They're a great team. We just made every shot. And that happens sometimes."

UNLV had held the record since 1987, when it made 13 3-pointers against Indiana.

Injured Philadelphia 76ers star and Kansas alum Joel Embiid, who underwent facial surgery earlier Saturday, took to Twitter to share his feelings about the game.

Villanova ranks third nationally in 3-pointers made per game, at 11.5, while ranking 19th nationally in 3-point percentage, at 40 percent. The Wildcats, despite making just four 3-pointers against Texas Tech in the Elite Eight last weekend, have made 66 3-pointers in five Final Four games.

"We're just fortunate it happened to us tonight," Wright said. "We shoot them up, and we sleep in the street. Sometimes they go in. Sometimes they don't. This is one of those nights where everything went in."

Villanova will face Michigan in Monday's national championship game.