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    Eschmeyer Leads Wildcats Past Illini

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Julian Bonner drives<br>around Illinois' Cory<br>Bradford in the first half.
    Julian Bonner drives
    around Illinois' Cory
    Bradford in the first half.

    January 9, 1999

    Box Score

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Evan Eschmeyer had 17 rebounds and 16 points to lead Northwestern over Illinois 59-46 Saturday.

    Illinios freshman Cory Bradford led all scorers with 22 points on 8-18 shooting.

    The Wildcats (9-3, 2-1) held the Illini (8-7, 0-3) to 28 percent shooting and outrebounded them 42-33.

    Northwestern jumped out to a 25-7 lead midway through the first half and finished the half up 33-18, with Illinois shooting just 7-31 from the floor.

    Illinois cut the lead to 10 with just under 10 minutes to play, but Northwestern countered with a 3-pointer from Tavaras Hardy.

    Illinois closed the gap to 49-41 with 6 minutes to play before Eschmeyer scored and was fouled. With 3:07 left, Northwestern led 54-41 after free throws by Eschmeyer and Julian Bonner and 57-41 before a Bradford three-pointer.

    Poor shooting and several key rebounds by Eschemeyer determined the outcome and a two-game winning streak for the Wildcats.