Vanderbilt’s stay in the NCAA Tournament was short.
The Commodores lost to Northwestern 68-66 on Thursday at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City in the first round of the West Region. Vanderbilt and the Wildcats, who made their NCAA Tournament debut after a 78-year drought, took part in a tight and dramatic game. But in the end, the Wildcats were able to secure a lead late.
Player of the Game: Matthew Fisher-Davis
Simply, he was dynamite on offense. Fisher-Davis led the Commodores with 22 points on 7-of-15 shooting. Luke Kornet finished with 14 points.
Stat of the Game: Vanderbilt’s field-goal percentage
The Commodores shot 38.2 percent from the floor. Northwestern shot 49.1 percent
Turning Point: The final minute
What else would you expect from such a dramatic game? This could have gone either way, and the Commodores had a chance with a 3-point attempt in the final seconds. But the Wildcats did what was needed to win.
What’s next for Vanderbilt basketball?
Vanderbilt ended its season with a 19-16 record.