Feb. 21, 1998
Northwestern Men's Basketball Knocks Off Ohio State, 70-62
EVANSTON, Ill. -- The Northwestern men's basketball picked up their third Big Ten win of the season with a 70-62 victory over Ohio State Saturday night in Welsh-Ryan Arena.
Ohio State took a 32-30 lead at halftime despite 64 percent shooting by the Wildcats. NU continued it's hot streak in the second half, starting with a 12-4 run to take a 42-36 lead. Ohio State kept it close the entire way but never took the lead back.
Sean Wink led the Wildcats with a career-high 24 points, including six three pointers, and broke the single-season three-point record. He now has 81. Napoleon Harris also had a career high with eighteen points in addition to his game-high 11 rebounds. Evan Eschmeyer had 15 points and seven rebounds and Julian Bonner had six assists. Michael Redd led the Buckeyes with 29 points.
Northwestern wraps up the home season next Wed., Feb. 25 when they take on the Iowa Hawkeyes at 7 p.m. With the win, NU improves to 10-14 (3-11) while OSU falls to 7-10 (0-14).
On Ohio States' play:
"It was a team we needed to beat. They came in and they played hard, they played a great game."
On not being NU's leading scorer in the game:"I'll score whatever I score every night as long as we win."
On Napoleon Harris' play: "He's been invaluable. He's like Charles Barkley at 6'3".
On his improvement over the season:
"Each week I progress. The more I practice with them, the better feel I get with them"
"I'm basically looking to do what the team needs me to do."
Coach Kevin O'Neill
On the victory over OSU:
"I thought we got some good response from our team in the second half after an abysmal first half. It's always difficult for us to score when Evan is taken out of the game like that."
On Napoleon Harris' play: "Napoleon is a much more talented kid that people know. He's a great athlete and an unbelievable competitor. He's our third best player right now."