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Northwestern edges Vanderbilt for first NCAA win after inexplicable error in final seconds

SALT LAKE CITY -- Bryant McIntosh scored 25 points and made a pair of go-ahead free throws with 14.6 seconds left to help Northwestern hold on for a 68-66 victory over Vanderbilt in its first ever NCAA Tournament game on Thursday.

Scottie Lindsey and Dererk Pardon added 14 points apiece for the eighth-seeded Wildcats. Northwestern (24-11) will face No. 1 seed Gonzaga in the second round of the West Regional on Saturday.

Vanderbilt rallied from a 15-point second-half deficit and took a 66-65 lead on Riley LaChance's layup with 18 seconds left. But Matthew Fisher-Davis fouled McIntosh seconds later and sent him to the line. The Commodores (19-16) still had a chance for a go-ahead basket, but LaChance missed a 3-pointer with six seconds remaining.

Fisher-Davis finished with 22 points to lead ninth-seeded Vanderbilt. Luke Kornet added 14 points and LaChance chipped in 12.

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Inside the first round of March Madness, 2017
Mar 16, 2017; Buffalo, NY, USA; Princeton Tigers guard Devin Cannady (3) dribbles against Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Rex Pflueger (0) in the first half during the first round of the NCAA Tournament at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 16, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; Virginia Cavaliers guard Darius Thompson (51) shoots against North Carolina-Wilmington Seahawks forward Devontae Cacok (15) during the first half in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 16: Mike Daum #24 of the South Dakota State Jackrabbits handles the ball against Johnathan Williams #3 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the first half 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. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 16: Marial Shayok #4 of the Virginia Cavaliers reacts after a collision against the North Carolina-Wilmington Seahawks during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Amway Center on March 16, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 16: Chris Howell #3 of the South Dakota State Jackrabbits competes for a loose ball with Nigel Williams-Goss #5 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the first half 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. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 16: Kelan Martin #30 of the Butler Bulldogs attempts a shot while being guarded by Xavier Cooks #12 of the Winthrop Eagles in the first half during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center on March 16, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 16: Przemek Karnowski #24 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs shoots in the first half against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits 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. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 16: The West Virginia Mountaineers huddle up prior to their game against the Bucknell Bison during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KeyBank Center on March 16, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 16: Michael Orris #50 of the South Dakota State Jackrabbits drives to the basket against Przemek Karnowski #24 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the second half 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. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 16: Jevon Carter #2 of the West Virginia Mountaineers reacts as he falls to the ground against the Bucknell Bison during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KeyBank Center on March 16, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Mar 16, 2017; Buffalo, NY, USA; Wisconsin Badgers guard Khalil Iverson (21) shoots against Virginia Tech Hokies guard Ty Outlaw (42) and forward Zach LeDay (32) in the second half during the first round of the NCAA Tournament at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 16, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Nevada Wolf Pack guard Josh Hall (33) falls on Iowa State Cyclones guard Monte Morris (11) while battling for the ball during the second half of the game in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 16, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; Florida Gulf Coast Eagles guard Rayjon Tucker (3) reacts after making a three point shot against the Florida State Seminoles during the first half in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports
BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 16: Elijah Long #55 of the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers shoots against Mikal Bridges #25 of the Villanova Wildcats in the second half during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KeyBank Center on March 16, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 16: Marcus Marshall #1 of the Nevada Wolf Pack attempts a shot between Monte Morris #11 and Nazareth Mitrou-Long #15 of the Iowa State Cyclones in the second half during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center on March 16, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 16: Kadeem Allen #5 of the Arizona Wildcats dives on to the scorers table to save the ball against the North Dakota Fighting Sioux 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. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
TULSA, OK - MARCH 17: Ian Baker #4 of the New Mexico State Aggies defends Ishmail Wainright #24 of the Baylor Bears in the second half during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at BOK Center on March 17, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images)
GREENVILLE, SC - MARCH 17: Angel Delgado #31 of the Seton Hall Pirates with the ball against Dustin Thomas #13 and Moses Kingsley #33 of the Arkansas Razorbacks in the first half in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 17, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 17: Leyton Hammonds #23 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys drives to the basket against the Michigan Wolverines during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 17, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
TULSA, OK - MARCH 17: Bennie Boatwright #25 and Jonah Mathews #2 of the USC Trojans go for a rebound against Semi Ojeleye #33 and Sterling Brown #3 of the Southern Methodist Mustangs in the second half during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at BOK Center on March 17, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 17: Dylan Ennis #31 of the Oregon Ducks reacts in the second half against the Iona Gaels during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Golden 1 Center on March 17, 2017 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
TULSA, OK - MARCH 17: Bennie Boatwright #25 of the USC Trojans kneels at center court at the start of the game against the Southern Methodist Mustangs during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at BOK Center on March 17, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
GREENVILLE, SC - MARCH 17: Moses Kingsley #33 of the Arkansas Razorbacks reacts in the second half against the Seton Hall Pirates in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 17, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 17: Jon Severe #10 of the Iona Gaels fouls Dillon Brooks #24 of the Oregon Ducks in the first half during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Golden 1 Center on March 17, 2017 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 17: E.C. Matthews #0 of the Rhode Island Rams attempts a shot against the Creighton Bluejays during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Golden 1 Center on March 17, 2017 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 17: Jordan Washington #23 of the Iona Gaels is helped off the court after suffering an injury in the first half against the Oregon Ducks during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Golden 1 Center on March 17, 2017 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
TULSA, OK - MARCH 17: De'Anthony Melton #22, Nick Rakocevic #31, Bennie Boatwright #25 and Shaqquan Aaron #0 of the USC Trojans celebrate after defeating the Southern Methodist Mustangs during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at BOK Center on March 17, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
TULSA, OK - MARCH 17: Sterling Brown #3 of the Southern Methodist Mustangs handles the ball against Jordan McLaughlin #11 of the USC Trojans in the second half during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at BOK Center on March 17, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images)
GREENVILLE, SC - MARCH 17: Theo Pinson #1, Justin Jackson #44, Nate Britt #0 of the North Carolina Tar Heels and teammate cheer from the bench in the second half against the Texas Southern Tigers during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 17, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina. North Carolina Tar Heels won 103-64. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 17: Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Louisville Cardinals shoots the ball against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks during the first round of the NCAA Baketball Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 17, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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McIntosh and Lindsey combined for jumpers over three straight possessions to spark a 10-0 run and give Northwestern an early 14-5 lead. Vanderbilt went nearly 4 1/2 minutes without scoring until Fisher-Davis converted a 3-point play to end the drought.

The Commodores cut it to a one-possession deficit behind 3-pointers from Payton Willis and Riley LaChance. They twice drew with a point, first on a Fisher-Davis dunk and then when Luke Kornet converted a 3-point play to make it 25-24 with 4:02 left in the half.

Each time Vanderbilt tried to erase what remained of the deficit, the Wildcats countered with critical baskets and got stops on the other end. Northwestern held the Commodores without a basket over a nine-minute stretch spanning both halves before Joe Toye broke the ice with a tip-in basket.

It opened the door for the Wildcats to go on a run. Back-to-back jumpers from McIntosh gave them their first double-digit lead at 38-28 early in the second half.

Northwestern carved out its largest lead at 49-34 after scoring three unanswered baskets over a 90-second stretch. Gavin Skelly slashed to the rim for a layup and drew a foul and then, after he missed the free throw, Nathan Taphorn buried a second-chance 3-pointer to finish off the 7-0 run.

Vanderbilt didn't go away. The Commodores answered with a 12-0 run -- punctuated by back-to-back 3-pointers from Fisher-Davis -- to cut the deficit to 49-46. They finally took their first lead of the second half on a LaChance 3-pointer with 1:36 left, going ahead 62-61.

NOTES: Northwestern shot 71.4 percent from the perimeter in the first half. G Scottie Lindsey and G Bryant McIntosh combined for 5-of-6 shooting from long-distance in the first 20 minutes. ... Vanderbilt was the first NCAA team to ever be awarded an at-large bid with 15 losses. ... Northwestern outrebounded Vanderbilt 37-30. ... The Commodores scored 27 bench points compared to 10 for the Wildcats.

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