NCAA Tournament 2017: Vanderbilt's late mental gaffe helps Northwestern earn first win

Beth Cruz
March 17, 2017

In an absolute thriller, Northwestern hung on to survive and advance in its first NCAA tournament appearance in program history, beating Vanderbilt, 68-66. It's unclear if Fisher-Davis knew the score, with Vanderbilt out of timeouts and unable to regroup late.

After the Commodores took a 66-65 lead on a driving layup, McIntosh was fouled by Matthew Fisher-Davis before he even got to half court. One made free throw later and Northwestern had secured the final margin.

There's been no shortage of attention for the Northwestern Wildcats, those NCAA Tournament first-timers from the Big Ten, and no shortage of questions either.


The Wildcats appeared to be in firmly in charge just over six minutes into the second half, after a Nathan Taphorn 3-pointer made it 49-34. The Wildcats owned a 32-20 edge in points in the paint. But LaChance fired up a long pull-up three with six seconds remaining that clanged off the back rim, eventually bouncing out of play off a Vanderbilt player. Vanderbilt hit 15 of 18.

Four players are averaging at least 8.5 points per game for Northwestern, they are: Bryant McIntosh (14.4), Scottie Lindsey (14.2), Vic Law (12.4) and Dererk Pardon (8.5) per game.

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