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    Feb. 25, 1998

    Men's Basketball Falls to Iowa, 75-55


    EVANSTON, Ill. -- The Northwestern men's basketball team wrapped up the 1997-98 home season with a 75-55 loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes Wednesday night. NU finished its home stand with 10 victories, the most since the 1982-83 season.

    Iowa jumped out to a 41-24 halftime lead on the strength of 60 percent field goal shooting. NU went on a 13-3 run early in the second half to cut the lead to 10 but that was as close at the 'Cats would get. Northwestern shot 50 percent in the second half.

    Evan Eschmeyer led NU with 18 points and Nate Pomeday added 12,hitting four three-pointers. Napoleon Harris pulled down a game-high six rebounds and Joe Branch, in his final home game, tied his career-high with six assists.

    Northwestern wraps up the regular season this Sat., Feb. 28 when they travel to Minneapolis to take on the Golden Gophers of Minnesota.

    on Iowa- "The press really bothered us, that was obvious. They didn't miss a lot of shots." "It's very disappointing, we didn't make the hustle plays, we didn't get the loose balls."

    on Bowens- "He's a real smart player, he plays really hard. He's got a nice game."

    Coach O'Neill-

    on the game- "We were totally outclassed tonight, athletically. Wink was a total nonfactor in the game. Both he and Napoleon played like a freshmen tonight. When you have to rely on freshmen, they're going to have nights like this." "Credit Iowa with attacking us where they knew we were weakest."

    "I never felt like we played well the entire night. We don't have one athlete that matches four or five of their top athletes."