Sports Northwestern wins first-ever NCAA Tournament game when Vanderbilt player forgets that his team is winning

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Fisher-Davis apparently believed his team was still losing and needed to foul. So he grabbed Bryant McIntosh from behind.

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Northwestern won the first NCAA Tournament game in school history thanks to a brutal mistake made by a Vanderbilt player in the closing seconds.

Vanderbilt had just taken a one-point lead with less than 18 seconds to go when Northwestern was pushing the ball up the court looking to take the lead. That's when Vanderbilt's Matthew Fisher-Davis had a brain cramp at the worst possible moment.

Fisher-Davis apparently believed his team was still losing and needed to foul. So he grabbed Bryant McIntosh from behind.

Fisher-Davis looked up at the scoreboard and immediately realized his mistake.

Heartbreaking!

McIntosh hit both free throws to give Northwestern the lead.

Vanderbilt would miss a three-pointer in the closing seconds, sending Northwestern on to the second round.