The six-foot, two-inch guard, who was held scoreless in the first half, ended the game with 17 points, with eight of those coming in the final three minutes of play as Villanova rallied to defeat Creighton 54-48 to win the Big East championship on March 12 at Madison Square Garden.
“We beat a really good team … and we did it our way,” McDermott said after watching his team’s impressive performance. “We did it with defense.”
Despite all efforts to the contrary, the top four seeds all survived to remain alive in the 2022 Big East Tournament, albeit in mostly dramatic fashion, being held at Madison Square Garden.
There has never been a shortage of exciting games at the Big East Tournament and the 40th edition of the tournament at the world’s most famous arena continued that long line of drama.