West Lafayette, IN-Purdue’s struggles continued against Nebraska tonight. The Boilermakers have now dropped two games in a row and have fallen to 5-9 in the Big Ten with an overall record of 15-12. Their struggles to play a full 60 minutes have affected Purdue’s ability to win consistently in the Big 10.
AJ Hammons, Ronnie Johnson, Sterling Carter, Rapheal Davis and Kendall Stephens started for Purdue tonight. Hammons had six points, four blocks and five rebounds while Ronnie Johnson had seven points. Sterling Carter ended with three points and Kendall Stephens with five. Leading the bench was Bryson Scott who had 13 points, two assists, and ten rebounds. Scott recorded his first double-double of his career. Terone Johnson ended the night with nine points while Errick Peck ended with four points and one rebound.
Purdue dominated at the start of the game, taking a lead and playing smart basketball. The score was tied at 14 and then Nebraska took over the game. Purdue’s defense was unable to stop the Cornhuskers and the gap gradually increased. There were two five-minute periods where Purdue did not score at all. Going into half time, Nebraska’s David Rivers re-bounded his own missed free throw attempt and was able to score as time expired. Even with Purdue’s scoring slump, Nebraska only had a 34-25 lead going into the half. The opportunity for a rally was there for the Boilermakers; unfortunately they were unable to take advantage.
The second half was dominated by Nebraska. It was another second half collapse for the Boilers, after only trailing by nine points going into the half. The closest Purdue got to Nebraska the whole second half was nine points and from there the game got out of hand. Bryson Scott played a very aggressive second half scoring a three pointer as the clock expired. The final score 76-57 Nebraska.
On top of this disappointing loss, Sterling Carter went down with an apparent knee injury late in the second half. The official word is not out on his status.
This loss is just another to add to Purdue’s struggles this season. The talent is there for the Boilermakers, however it appears they are still trying to figure out how to use the talent effectively.
Purdue hosts Michigan this Wednesday for a 7 PM game. Michigan is currently ranked 20th in the nation. In their first meeting, Purdue was beat by Michigan on January 30th 75-66.
Alexa is the ISR Purdue Beat Writer. Follow Alexa and ISR on Twitter.
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