Feb. 8, 1998
Northwestern Men Fall to Penn State 69-68
EVANSTON, Ill.- The Northwestern men's basketball team fell to the Penn State Nittany Lions 69-68, in overtime on Sunday, despite a career-high 37 points from All-America candidate Evan Eschmeyer.
The Wildcats started slow, allowing a 10-point lead early in the game, but clawed back to a halftime deficit of six, 31-25. They captured the lead five minutes into the second half, and it was exchanged back and forth throughout the rest of the game. Jarrett Stephens' lay-up with 1:30 left tied the score at 58 and the game went to overtime. Penn State blocked a last-second attempt by Eschmeyer in overtime to seal the win.
Eschmeyer added 12 rebounds and set Welsh-Ryan Arena records with 17 free throws and 22 attempts. Joe Harmsen tied his career high with 10 rebounds and also added 11 points.
Northwestern returns to the hardwood at Welsh-Ryan on Wednesday, Feb. 11 to battle the Wisconsin Badgers. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.
Coach Kevin O'Neill-
on the game- "Every time we get in a position to win- we're to damn scared to win."
"It's hard for our guys to take, but we'll be back at it 7 o'clock tomorrow"
on the 5 second call- "Unfortunately we have to suck it up, our players have to suck it up."
on the game- "I wouldn't even call 'em moral victories, they're the ones that hurt the most."
"I thought both teams came out flat. We had our chances."
on his free throw performance- "I did better from the line, it's a confidence thing."
PSU coach Jerry Dunn-
on the game- "I though our guys played their behinds off, so did NU."
on O'Neill- "He's done a great job with these guys. He's had them in a position to win every game."
on Eschmeyer- "Eschmeyer is Eschmeyer. He's a great player, he's a great competitor."