CHICAGO – Purdue trails Nebraska 30-28 at halftime in the teams' opening round game of the Big Ten tournament in the United Center.
The No. 7 seed Boilermakers had good opening five minutes against the No. 10 seed Cornhuskers, hitting five of their first six shots. But Purdue only had an 11-7 lead at the first media timeout.
Nebraska then ran off seven straight points to a 14-11 lead with 12:49 to play.
D.J. Byrd hit a free throw to finish a three-point play that gave Purdue a 16-14 lead with 11:22 to play in the half, but the Cornhuskers responded again by scoring the next six points to lead 20-16 with 7:52 left in the half. Nebraska didn’t give up the lead for the rest of the half.
Purdue kept Nebraska's leading scorer Dylan Talley, who averages 14.2 points, from scoring, but the Boilermakers haven't found an answer to stop Shavon Shields.
Shields, a freshman guard, has hit 6 of 7 shots for a game-high 15 points in the first half.
Purdue was led by A.J. Hammons and Ronnie Johnson with eight points each in the first half. Fort Wayne native Rapheal Davis had five points for Purdue.