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    Nov. 11, 1997

    Northwestern Falls To Athletes In Action In Final Exhibition

    The Northwestern Wildcats fell to Athletes In Action 91-69 in an exhibition game Tuesday night at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

    The loss came after Athletes In Action picked up the pace early in the first half, making 16 of 31 shots from the field. Their standout player proved to be guard Landon Hackim, who scored all of his 15 points in the first half. They also managed to make 7 out of 15 three-point attempts and six of their free throws. The Wildcats shot 67 percent (12-of-18), with center Evan Eschmeyer putting up 14 points.

    The 'Cats were not as lucky in their three-point efforts, only making 2 out of 6. Defensively, Northwestern's leading man was forward Joe Branch, who pulled down four rebounds in the half; more than any other player in the half. The score near the end of the half was 39-33, before Athletes in Action scored two three-pointers to go up by 12 at intermission.

    In the second half, Eschmeyer added 12 more points to lead all scorers for the second-straight exhibition game, this time with 27 points. Last Tuesday versus Venezuela, he poured in 26 points. Athletes In Action remained hot from outside as they finished the night .500 (12-of-24) from three-point land.

    Northwestern cooled off a bit in the half, but still managed to connect on over 50 percent of its shots (22-of-42). Other standout Wildcats players included guard Julian Bonner, with 13 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds; and guard Sean Wink chipped in 10 points. Northwestern opens the regular season when it faces Siena on Saturday Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. at Welsh-Ryan Arena.