Eschmeyer, Northwestern Dodge Trap Set by Scrappy Boston College
McGraw, Mike, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Mike McGraw Daily Herald Sports Writer
Northwestern's Evan Eschmeyer has mentioned before he'd rather play against another 7-foot center than a team without much size.
Boston College provided a good example why on Wednesday night at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The Eagles didn't have a player taller than 6-feet-8, so when Eschmeyer caught the ball in the post, they had no choice but to swarm him with three defenders.
The scheme worked well for a while. But Eschmeyer eventually collected 23 points and Northwestern used a late 18-2 run to put away Boston College 69-59. Sophomore guard Sean Wink hit 6 of 12 3-point shots to add 20 points.
"That's as good and as hard a trap as I've seen the last two years," Eschmeyer said. "It was hard to get out of that. It's a lot easier to post somebody who's bigger or one guy instead of three guys."
This probably should have been an easy game for the Wildcats (6-2), considering Boston College (3-7) is in a rebuilding year and had already lost to Harvard and Fairfield. But it wasn't.
Northwestern led by 10 points early. The visiting Eagles started the second half with an incredible defensive effort. The Wildcats scored just 10 points in the first 14 minutes after intermission. They were also held without a field goal for an 8:26 stretch of the second half.
"We're a team that's fragile a little bit," said NU coach Kevin O'Neill. "Offensively, when things go bad for us, they tend to go really bad. We turned it over on four of our first five trips (of the second half) and lost it a little bit."
To make matters worse, Eschmeyer picked up two cheap fouls - his third and fourth of the game - within 30 seconds and had to take a seat just as Boston College grabbed its first lead of the night at 47-45 with 8:41 remaining. …