Vanderbilt shot up the list of heartbreaking ways to lose an NCAA Tournament game with how its first-round matchup Thursday with Northwestern ended at Vivint Smart Home Arena.
It appeared the Commodores, the No. 9 seed in the West Region, were 17.8 seconds away from making it a short first ever taste of March Madness for the eight-seeded Wildcats after Riley LaChance’s layup gave Vanderbilt the lead.
But then this happened.
Yes, that’s right: Vanderbilt’s Matthew Fisher-Davis intentionally fouled Northwestern’s Bryant McIntosh with his team up by one. And that unfortunate mistake proved costly, as McIntosh drained both free throws and lifted the Wildcats to a 68-66 win.
So what happened?
“It was a collective effort in coming back, and it was my dumb mistake why we lost,” Fisher-Davis said, via ESPN.com.
It was a brutal way for the game to end for Fisher-Davis, who led Vanderbilt with 22 points.
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