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Rapid Reaction: Purdue 79, Nebraska 61

3/8/2012

INDIANAPOLIS — Thoughts on Purdue's 79-61 victory over Nebraska:

Overview: Nebraska was competitive in the opening minutes. But after taking a 12-8 lead on a Bo Spencer layup with 14:43 remaining in the first half, the Cornhuskers didn’t score for the next eight minutes. By that point, the Boilermakers held a 25-15 lead. The Cornhuskers couldn’t overcome the deficit, although they were within four in the first minute of the second half.

Turning point: When Purdue launched a 17-0 run at the 14:27 mark of the first half.

Key player: Anthony Johnson led Purdue in scoring with 17 points, on 7-of-10 shooting, off the bench. He also recorded 6 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal.

Key stat: The Boilermakers shot 52 percent from the field (7-for-13 from beyond the arc) in the first half; they shot 56 percent overall in the game. Five Boilermakers recorded double figures.

Miscellaneous: The Boilermakers have looked like a better team since the dismissal of Kelsey Barlow … Bo Spencer is a stud (22 points), but he was underrated this season because of Nebraska’s struggles … Doc Sadler could be one of two Big Ten coaches (Bruce Weber being the other) who coached their final Big Ten tournament games Thursday.

What’s next: Purdue will face Ohio State on Friday night. Nebraska will go home and wait to see if Sadler is offered more time to change the program.