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    Jan. 14, 1998

    Wildcats Drop Home Game to Indiana

    Game Stats

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern took an early 5-4 lead, but Indiana went on a 17-0 run to take a 21-5 lead and never looked back in a 76-58 win in Welsh-Ryan Arena Wednesday night.

    Northwestern trailed 43-22 at the half, but came out hot in the second half, hitting 61 percent from the field. It wasn't enough to slow Indiana, though, who hit 56 percent for the game and nine of 18 from beyond the three-point arc. Sean Wink led Northwestern with a career-high 22 points on nine of 13 shooting, including four of five from three-point range. Evan Eschmeyer had 8 points and 10 rebounds as NU fell to 7-6, 1-3 in the Big Ten. Julian Bonner had 11 points and Joe Branch tied a career-high with six assists. A.J. Guyton paced Indiana with 22 points, 18 of which came in the first half. Luke Recker also had 22 points, including five three pointers. The Hoosiers improve to 12-5, 3-2 in the conference.

    Northwestern is in action again this Sat., Jan. 17 when they travel to Madison, Wis. to take on the Badgers. The 'Cats are home again on Tue., Jan. 27, when they take on Chicago State at 7 p.m. in Welsh-Ryan Arena.

    Game Quotes

    Northwestern head coach Kevin O'Neill

    "I thought we played pretty well in the second half, but I was really disappointed at how we played in the first half. We were playing the other team's jerseys, but not the players in them."

    "Sean Wink has a tough kid mentality. I'd hate to see where we'd be without him."

    Indiana head coach Bobby Knight

    "We had really good intensity throughout the first half. Our defense was really solid."

    "We felt this was a very big game for us to get over the .500 hump in the conference."

    Northwestern's Evan Eschmeyer

    "We didn't come out ready to play."