Dec. 17, 1997
Northwestern Downs Wofford, 68-51
CHICAGO--All-America candidate Evan Eschmeyer scored 24 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Northwestern to a 68-51 nonconference men's basketball victory over Wofford. The win increased the Wildcats record to 6-1 and dropped the Terriers to 2-8.
Northwestern did not trail after the 15 minute mark of the first half and dominated the first stanza, leading 39-14 at the break. Freshman guard Sean Wink added 18 points on 6-of-9 three-point shooting and Julian Bonner chipped in nine points and five assists. Wofford was led by Latron Jackson and Donald Davis, each scored 10 points. Coming into the game, Northwestern was seventh in the country in field goal percentage at 52.2 percent and again was hot from the field shooting 51 percent from the floor while holding the Terriers to 31 percent shooting.
The Wildcats are sixth in the country in scoring defense allowing just 55.3 points per game and held their opponent under 55 points tonight. Northwestern has won six straight games at home for the first time since the 1982-83 season.
Northwestern next game is December 23 at Boston College.
Postgame Quotes Northwestern vs. Wofford
Head coach Kevin O'Neill
"I was disappointed in the way we started and in the way we ended ... we looked like a junior college team.
RE: Sean Wink's injured ankle
"Before the game, the doctors said three to four weeks before he could play, we said he'd try it."
"We're real anxious to go to Boston College and see how we are ... see us on the road."
RE: Evan Eschmeyer
"My concern with Evan is with turnovers more than free throws."
Senior center Evan Eschmeyer
"We need to play 40 minutes, we haven't done that yet. We need to stay focused, we didn't do that ... good teams do that."
Freshman guard Sean Wink
RE: his injured ankle
"My ankle didn't affect my shooting, but it slowed me down a lot on defense."