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Boiling Point


Purdue falls to Nebraska

CHICAGO – Purdue couldn't contain Nebraska's Shavon Shields, and the Boilermakers' season came to a close Thursday night.

The No. 7-seeded Boilermakers lost 57-55 to the No. 10 seed Cornhuskers (15-17) in the first round of the Big Ten tournament in the United Center.

It was Nebraska's first win in the conference tournament after it fell to Purdue 79-61 last year. The Boilermakers fell to 9-15 all-time in the Big Ten tournament.

The Cornhuskers will play No. 2 seed Ohio State (23-7) at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the quarterfinals.

Nebraska held off Purdue in the game's closing moments after letting most of an 11-point lead in the second half disappear. Terone Johnson had a chance to tie the game in the final four seconds, but he couldn't get two jumpers to fall.

D.J. Byrd scored 15 for Purdue (15-17), and A.J. Hammons and Ronnie Johnson had 11 and 10 points.

Shields scored 19 to lead Nebraska, and Brandon Ubel had 16.

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