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    Nov. 4, 1997

    Wildcats Win Exhibition Opener

    'Cats Down Venezuela National Select Team

    EVANSTON, Ill.--In their first game Tuesday under new head basketball coach Kevin O'Neill, the Northwestern Wildcats defeated the Venuezuela National Select Team, 69-45, at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

    "We weren't spectacular, we've got a long ways to go," said O'Neill. "I though we played some good streches of basketball."

    The 'Cats held a solid lead throughout the game, increasing a 14-point halftime lead to the final 24-point margin. All-America candidate Evan Eschmeyer finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds, on 11-for-13 shooting from the field. Junior Julian Bonner also turned in a strong performance, scoring 11 points, including a 3-for-5 performance from three-point range. Bonner also grabbed eight boards in 39 minutes.

    The prospects for the future looked bright, as freshmen Sean Wink and Jeff Eschmeyer played well in their NU debuts. Wink had eight points and six assists, while Jeff, the brother of center Evan Eschmeyer came off the bench with 11 strong minutes of play.

    Leading the Venezuelan team was guard Almiro Coello with 10 points.

    The Wildcats play their second exhibition game of the season on Tues., Nov. 11 against Athletes in Action. Tipoff time is slated for 7 p.m. at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

    OFFICIAL BASKETBALL BOX SCORE -- G A M E   T O T A L S                          
    Venezuela Select Tm. vs Northwestern                                            
    11/4/97 7:00 at Welsh-Ryan Arena                                                
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    VISITORS: Venezuela Select Tm.                                                  
                              TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS                         
    No.     N A M E           FG FGA FG FGA FT FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP   A TO BLK S MIN
    07 Andre Perry          f  1  3   0  0   3  8   6  7 13   2   5   0  5  1  1  31
    14 Jeff Thompson        f  0  3   0  2   1  2   0  0  0   2   1   0  0  0  0  14
    05 Manuel Berroteran    c  3  9   3  7   0  0   1  0  1   1   9   3  2  0  3  32
    06 Isaac Tarre          g  4  8   0  1   0  0   2  3  5   4   8   1  2  0  0  25
    10 Almiro Coello        g  3  6   0  1   4  5   0  0  0   3  10   1  3  0  3  23
    04 Ian Stewart             1  8   1  5   0  0   2  0  2   2   3   1  0  0  1  25
    08 Luis Julio              0  0   0  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0   0  0  0  0   8
    09 Erick Herrara           0  1   0  1   0  0   0  1  1   0   0   0  1  0  0   8
    11 Leonardo Berroteran     1  2   0  0   0  1   0  1  1   0   2   1  0  0  0   8
    12 Douglas Rodriguez       2  8   0  1   1  2   0  1  1   1   5   0  2  0  1  25
    13 Francisco J. Herrara    1  1   0  0   0  1   1  0  1   1   2   0  0  0  0   1
    TEAM ........................................   1  4  5                         
    TOTALS                    16 49   4 18   9 19  13 17 30  16  45   7 15  1  9 200
                                                                                    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  9-24  .375   2nd Half:  7-25  .280   Game:  .327   DEADBALL
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  1- 9  .111   2nd Half:  3- 9  .333   Game:  .222   REBOUNDS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  6-11  .545   2nd Half:  3- 8  .375   Game:  .474      1    
                                                                                    
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    HOME TEAM: Northwestern                                                         
                              TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS                         
    No.     N A M E           FG FGA FG FGA FT FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP   A TO BLK S MIN
    05 Joe Harmsen          f  3  4   0  0   0  2   3  3  6   4   6   1  2  0  0  18
    13 Joe Branch           f  1  5   0  0   0  0   1  1  2   3   2   3  1  0  0  29
    42 Evan Eschmeyer       c 11 13   0  0   4  7   4  6 10   3  26   4  5  1  1  26
    04 Julian Bonner        g  3  8   3  5   2  2   1  7  8   1  11   5  2  0  2  36
    22 Sean Wink            g  3 12   2  9   0  0   0  4  4   3   8   6  0  0  0  35
    03 Jonah Batumbze          0  1   0  0   0  0   0  1  1   0   0   0  1  0  0   5
    10 Matt Kammrath           0  0   0  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0   0  0  0  0   4
    24 Sean Hanlon             1  3   1  3   0  0   0  0  0   0   3   0  1  0  0   3
    32 Terence Avery           1  3   0  0   0  0   0  0  0   1   2   0  0  0  0   4
    35 Aron Molnar             4  5   0  0   3  4   1  4  5   3  11   0  1  0  0  29
    44 Jeff Eschmeyer          0  1   0  1   0  0   0  0  0   1   0   0  1  0  1  11
    TEAM ........................................   5  3  8                         
    TOTALS                    27 55   6 18   9 15  15 29 44  19  69  19 14  1  4 200
                                                                                    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 15-24  .625   2nd Half: 12-31  .387   Game:  .491   DEADBALL
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  5-10  .500   2nd Half:  1- 8  .125   Game:  .333   REBOUNDS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  4- 9  .444   2nd Half:  5- 6  .833   Game:  .600      2    
                                                                                    
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    OFFICIALS:   Dennis Bracco, Reuban Norris, Bo Paprocki                          
    TECHNICAL FOULS:                                                                
    Venezuela Select Tm.-  none                                                     
    Northwestern        -  none                                                     
    ATTENDANCE:  1,352                                                              
    SCORE BY PERIODS:        1st  2nd  TOTAL                   
    Venezuela Select Tm.      25   20 --  45                   
    Northwestern              39   30 --  69