#15 Purdue needed a road win at Nebraska to keep the momentum going in a positive direction and they got it tonight in Lincoln by beating Nebraska 81-62. Purdue is now 23-7 for the year and 11-6 in the conference while Nebraska drops to 14-16 for the year and 6-11 in the conference.
Purdue used a 21-4 first half run to jump out to a 21 point lead. It was 30-9 in favor of Purdue after the second TV timeout. Nebraska then promptly countered with a 24-6 run of their own after getting both Hammons and Haas out of the game with two fouls apiece. Shavon Shields took advantage of the two bigs absence by having 19 first half points. Nebraska cut the lead down to eight at halftime.
At the start of the second half, the two teams went back and forth trading baskets through the first TV timeout. Purdue then went on a 13-5 run and never looked back as they maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way. Purdue spread the floor during this stretch with both Cline and Mathias in the game and the inside-out game worked perfectly. Mathias and Cline had back to back possessions with three’s and a Mathias drive and dish to Hammons for a dunk put an exclamation point to a very good win for Purdue.
Vince Edwards led the team in scoring with 20 points on 8-12 shooting and 2-4 from the three-point line. The bigs, again, were too much for Nebraska to handle. Hammons, Swanigan, and Haas combined for 34 points and 14 rebounds. Dakota Mathias followed up his strong game against Maryland with 11 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds. His emergence the last two games is very good for Purdue heading towards the tournament. He is playing his best ball currently since he stepped on campus.
Purdue’s final game is Sunday night at 7:30 at home versus Wisconsin. With it being senior night there is sure to be a lot of emotion inside Mackey Arena. Be sure to follow Deep Dish WL for all your game day coverage Sunday in Mackey