Northwestern won its first NCAA Tournament game in dramatic fashion on Thursday evening.
The No. 8 seed in the West Region nearly blew a sizable lead against No. 9 seed Vanderbilt. But a wild finish led to the Wildcats escaping with a 68-66 victory.
After rollercoaster two hours — on top of the seven decades Northwestern has waited for its One Shining Moment — it was time to celebrate.
Northwestern advances to face top-seeded Gonzaga in the second round on Saturday in Salt Lake City.