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    Nov. 22, 1997

    Northwestern Loses to Siena, 86-84

    Wildcats Fall in Season Opener

    EVANSTON- The Northwestern men's basketball team lost a close contest Saturday night falling to the Siena Saints, 86-84, at Welsh-Ryan Arena. All-American candidate Evan Eschmeyer and guard Julian Bonner each scored 23 points in head coach Kevin O'Neill's regular-season debut.

    The 'Cats led 42-40 at half behind 15 Eschmeyer points. The contest remained close throughout the second period with neither team leading by more than five points. The Saints were hot from three point land and the free throw line. Siena converted 13-of-26 three-pointers, tying a Welsh-Ryan Arena record, and went 27-of-30 from the charity stripe.

    NU freshman guard Sean Wink also scored in double-digits with fourteen points and Eschmeyer grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds. Freshman Napoleon Harris, on scholarship for the Northwestern football team, had five boards and four points. Forward Jim Cantamessa led the Saints with 27 points.

    Northwestern's next game will be Wednesday, Nov. 26 against Sam Houston State at 7 p.m., at Welsh-Ryan Arena.