Northwestern pulls out first NCAA tournament win in first NCAA tournament game

  • Northwestern pulls out first NCAA tournament win in first NCAA tournament game

Northwestern pulls out first NCAA tournament win in first NCAA tournament game

Bryant McIntosh #30 of the Northwestern Wildcats celebrates after a basket in the first half against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 16, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Northwestern is in its first NCAA tournament, and its fans took over the arena late in the first half Thursday, which ended with a 34-27 NU advantage over Vanderbilt. They also discuss the progress Northwestern has made under Head Coach Chris Collins and how they have been able to build impressive student-athletes. Scottie Lindsey added 14 points and Derek Pardon had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. The Wildcats owned a 32-20 edge in points in the paint.

"How are we doing?" the player asked back. But that lead disappeared in a hurry, as Vandy answered with 12 straight points to get within three. After Northwestern's Sanjay Lumpkin hit a free throw with two seconds to play and the Commodores couldn't get an equalizer, the celebration began for Northwestern. The game was on Pardon's shoulders at the free-throw line on the next trip down the floor, and he hit a pair to put Northwestern back in front.

McIntosh is an 86.5 percent shooter from the line and made both his attempts to give Northwestern the lead, 67-66.

The victory was the fifth since 1985 for a first-time tournament team playing as a No. 10 seed or better.