Strong Purdue defense leads to 81-62 win over Nebraska

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WTHR) - Carsen Edwards scored 27 points and Grady Eifert added a season-high 16 as No. 15 Purdue rebounded from a lackluster first half Saturday night to pull away for an 81-62 victory over Nebraska.

The Boilermakers (17-6, 10-2 Big Ten) have won eight straight overall and 14 in a row at home.

Thomas Allen made five 3-pointers and matched his season-best with 18 points to lead the Cornhuskers (13-11, 3-10). James Palmer Jr. finished with 17 points for Nebraska, which has lost seven straight including all four since losing Isaac Copeland on Jan. 26 with a torn ACL in his left knee.

All Purdue needed to take control was one quick flurry early in the second half.

Ryan Cline started it with a 3-pointer. Eifert's steal which led to Nojel Eastern's layup and Eifert and Cline capped the 11-3 run with 3s that gave Purdue a 50-38 lead with 13:41 left.

Nebraska only got as close as eight the rest of the way.

But the game sure didn't follow the expected script.

After going nearly a full week between games, the Boilermakers looked sluggish early and the Cornhuskers took advantage. When Palmer knocked down a 3-pointer with 7 minutes left in the first half, Nebraska led 25-21 with 7 minutes to go.

That's when Purdue cranked up the defensive intensity.

It allowed just one basket the rest of the half, got a few baskets in transition and closed the half on an 8-3 run to take a 33-31 halftime lead.

Purdue wins it 81-62.

Purdue travels to Maryland Tuesday night.