December 27, 1998
EVANSTON, Ill. - Evan Eschmeyer scored 16 points and grabbed 13
rebounds to lead Northwestern to a 67-47 win over Long Beach State Sunday at
It was Eschmeyer's 50th consecutive game with double-digit scoring for the
Sean Wink added in 16 points for the Wildcats, including five three-pointers
- a continuation of his six of 12 three-point performance Wednesday against
"When I see his confidence level like that, it encourages me an awful
lot," Northwestern coach Kevin O'Neill said of Wink.
The Wildcats (7-2) scored the first nine points of the game before Ian
Milley scored for the 49ers 5:25 into the game.
Eschmeyer also had a Big Ten leading fifth double-double by halftime as the
sixth year senior scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the first 20
After Wink opened the second half with his fourth three-pointer,
Northwestern - who've led at the half in every game this season - never let
Long Beach State closer than 13 points.
Northwestern finished 30 of 41 from the foul line, while the 49ers (3-7)
went 14 of 55 from the floor, just 25 percent.
"Offensively, we played extremely poorly," Long Beach State coach Wayne
Morgan said. "We missed a lot of shots that we're capable of making. We missed
eight layups. You tell me is that our poor shooting or is that their defense?"
Ramel Lloyd led the 49ers with 14 points, while D'Cean Bryant and Mate
Milisa added eight apiece. They were without forward Richie Smalls, who missed
a flight from his home in New York.
Despite seven nonconference wins, Eschmeyer said the Wildcats still needs to
improve for their Big Ten opener against Iowa next week.
"I'm as happy and confident with this team as I've ever been with a team,
but we have a long way to go," he said.