Northwestern squeaks past Vanderbilt, thanks in part to costly foul

Rachel Hardy
March 17, 2017

Northwestern's first NCAA tournament appearance in history has already been one to remember, with their 68-66 first-round win over Vanderbilt Thursday coming thanks to one of the more weird fouls you'll ever see.

Bryant McIntosh will be looking to rebound for Northwestern after a pedestrian game against Wisconsin in the Big Ten tournament, as the junior guard managed just eight points on 4-of-12 shooting in the team's 76-48 loss. The Wildcats hit one free throw and the Commodores' three-quarters court heave at the horn missed.

McIntosh is an 86.5 percent shooter from the line and made both his attempts to give Northwestern the lead, 67-66. McIntosh had 25 points to lead the Wildcats, while Fisher-Davis scored 22 to pace Vanderbilt. Northwestern made 5 of 7 3s in the first half and 6 of 14 overall. Vanderbilt lost its bearings in the final 15 seconds.

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Vanderbilt failed to get a good shot on the ensuing play, a way-too-long 3-pointer by Riley LaChance. Scottie Lindsey added 14 points and Derek Pardon had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

On the season, Vanderbilt basketball is averaging 71.3 points, 34.6 rebounds and 13.0 assists per game.

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