February 13, 1999
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) - Indiana made life in the middle miserable for
Northwestern center Evan Eschmeyer and then shut Northwestern out in overtime
Saturday, beating the Wildcats 69-62 and damaging their hopes of an NCAA
Following the game, Northwestern coach Kevin O'Neill had to be restrained at
midcourt when he and Indiana coach Bob Knight got into a shouting match after
Knight apparently complained and lectured him about Northwestern's fans.
Knight then stormed off the floor and O'Neill finally exited to the other
side, an ugly end to an emotional game.
Little-used used Lynn Washington's only basket gave Indiana (19-8, 6-6 in
the Big Ten) the lead at 64-62 in overtime. A.J. Guyton sealed the win with
four free throws, capping his 22-point performance.
Eschmeyer, averaging 20.5 points, finished with 12 points, only two in the
second half, before fouling out with 1:40 left in overtime.
Luke Recker scored 21 points for the Hoosiers as Indiana beat the Wildcats
for the 21st straight time.
David Newman led Northwestern (14-8, 6-6) with 18 points but had only three
in the second half.
Eschmeyer, limited to two second-half shots, picked up his fourth foul with
seven minutes left. And Indiana, which trailed by nine in the second half,
finally regained the lead to the delight of a large fan following that made the
drive to the suburbs of Chicago.
Kirk Haston hit two free throws and followed in his own miss and then Recker
lofted a 3-pointer to put Indiana up 59-57 with 5:10 remaining.
Eschmeyer returned and finally got his first basket of the second half to
tie it at 4:22.
Northwestern then took a timeout with 27.4 seconds left during which
officials conferred and watched a TV replay to determine how much time was left
on the shot clock, a delay that lasted nearly 10 minutes. The shot clock was
then changed from 23 seconds to 14 seconds and then put back to 21
Newman was then short on a runner in the lane with about six seconds to go
then raced to the other end to tie up Guyton before he could get off a shot,
forcing overtime at 62.
By RICK GANO
AP Sports Writer