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No. 7 Purdue dominates Nebraska behind Zach Edey, Jaden Ivey


The No. 7 Purdue had a point to prove on Friday night and got to work.

The Boilermakers opened the game with a decisive 23-4 streak in their 92-65 rout of Nebraska. Zach Edey scored 22 points and Jaden Ivey added 17 to lead Purdue in scoring.

“Looking back to the games we lost, I just felt a lot of people were disrespecting us saying we couldn’t do this or that,” Ivey said. “I went out excited today and I have to do this every night.”

The Boilermakers (14-2, 3-2 Big Ten) have won two straight and six of their last seven games. Coach Matt Painter also earned his 183rd victory in the Big Ten game, which broke a tie with former Michigan State coach Jud Heathcote for the seventh career win among conference coaches.

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Purdue head coach Matt Painter, right, talks to his player Jaden Ivey as their team took on Nebraska in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in West Lafayette, Ind. ., Friday, January 14, 2022. Purdue won 92-65.
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Keisei Tominaga led the Cornhuskers with 11 points. Alonzo Verge Jr. and CJ Wilcher each had 10 points for Nebraska (6-12, 0-7), which has lost five straight and 10 of 11 while falling to 0-4 this season against ranked foes.

But the Cornhuskers never had a chance and never led after having early foul trouble and running into that big deficit in the first 7 1/2 minutes.

“They were in the bonus at the media’s first timeout in both halves,” Nebraska coach Fred Hoiberg said. “It’s awfully hard to (win) when you give those guys extra shots.”

Nebraska managed to cut the deficit to 29-17 on Bryce McGowens’ 3-pointer with 7:16 left in the first half, but Purdue surged 10-2 to make it 48-30. Wilcher closed the half with a long shot beating the buzzer to make it a 15-point game before retiring in the second half.

“I just want them to understand how hard it is to win a game in the Big Ten,” Painter said after coming within two wins of tying Ward “Piggy” Lambert (371) for the second place on the school’s career win list. “Penn State was a tough game for us, it was a tough game for us, the next game will be a tough game for us. You just have to be able to keep that discipline.”

Purdue also needs six wins to become the Big Ten’s first team with 1,000 regular-season conference wins.

BIG PICTURE

Nebraska: Hoiberg was already disadvantaged inside and shorthanded on the bench. So when three starters each fired two fouls before the first media timeout, it was pretty much over. Nebraska fell to 0-10 all-time at Mackey Arena and hope to be more competitive in the days ahead.

Purdue: A long break after Tuesday’s postponement against Michigan helped the Boilermakers polish some things. They were sharp, efficient, took control from the inside early and never gave up. Sure, it was Nebraska, but if Purdue follows that script, it could run away with the conference title.

CONSEQUENCES OF THE SURVEY

Wins over Penn State and Nebraska may not be enough to push Purdue back into the top five next week, but they are unlikely to be out much longer. Expect the Boilermakers to stay in the top 10 for an 11th straight week, matching the second-longest streak in school history. Only a 17-week period between the 1986-87 pre-season and the 1987-88 pre-season survey was longer. They also had an 11-week streak from January to March 1988.

STATS PACK

Nebraska: McGowens had nine points and Derrick Walker added eight. Lat Mayen led the Cornhuskers with eight rebounds. … Nebraska finished with 17 turnovers and was outscored 28-7 in points on turnovers. … The Cornhuskers have just three road wins over the top 10 foes in school history, the most recent coming at No. 9 Michigan State on Feb. 16, 2014.

Purdue: Preseason All-American Trevion Williams had 10 points and five rebounds. … Ivey had four rebounds and five assists, while Edey had nine rebounds and was 9 of 12 from the field. … Sasha Stefanovic finished with nine points and three assists.

FOLLOWING

Nebraska: Goes home to face Indiana on Monday.

Purdue: visits Illinois on Monday.


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