SALT LAKE CITY-- No. 9 seed Vanderbilt fell to eighth-seeded Northwestern 68-66 on Thursday afternoon. The Commodores trailed by 15 with just over 13 minutes remaining in the contest but VU went on a 28-12 run to take a 62-61 lead with 1:36 remaining. However, mistakes and missed shots allowed the Wildcats to prevail.
Vanderbilt was led in scoring by Matthew Fisher-Davis with 22 points. Luke Kornet added 14 and Riley LaChance had 12. Vanderbilt completes its 2016-17 ledger with a 19-16 record.
The errant foul very late in the game will be discussed for several decades by Vanderbilt fans who will recall a blown NCAA win. However, there were plenty of other mistakes during the game that contributed to the loss.
Despite the disappointing loss, the Commodores had an above average season by winning over half their SEC games and making it to the SEC Tournament semifinals along with earning a NCAA bid. Bryce Drew becomes the first ever Vanderbilt head coach to lead his team to a NCAA berth in his first season.