Purdue takes down Nebraska 70-64Nebraska forward Walter Pitchford, left, shoot over Purdue center A.J. Hammons in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in West Lafayette, Ind., Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- A.J. Hammons scored 18 points to lead the Purdue to a 70-64 win over Nebraska on Sunday.
Ronnie Johnson added 14 points for the Boilermakers (11-5, 1-2 Big Ten), who picked up their first league win. Purdue made 24 of 52 shots, including 5 of 13 shots from behind the arc.
Terran Petteway had 19 points and nine rebounds, and Ray Gallegos, Deverell Biggs each scored 10 points to lead the Huskers (8-8, 0-4), who have lost five straight.
Ronnie Johnson scored a basket and two free throws to give Purdue the lead with 5:44 remaining. Later, Hammons scored close to the basket to make it 61-58. Carter scored a lay-up to make it 63-58 with 2:17 left to play.
Hammons put the game out of reach by making two free throws with 42 seconds remaining.
Purdue never could find a way to take a big lead.
Purdue went on a 6-1 run early in the second half after baskets by Rapheal Davis, Ronnie Johnson and Jay Simpson to make it 44-38 with 16:22 remaining.
It didn't last long. The Huskers answered with an 8-4 run of their own. Shields, Petteway, and Leslee Smith all scored on lay-ups and Biggs scored after Benny Parker grabbed a steal to make it 48-46 with 12:25 left.
Petteway was fouled on a shot, converted the three-point play, then Biggs grabbed a steal and scored two free throws to give the Huskers a 51-50 lead with 10:16 remaining.
The Huskers took a 57-55 lead when Webster grabbed a steal and scored on a lay-up with 7:14 left.
Purdue took the lead for good at the 5:45 mark as they held Nebraska to only two field goals in the final seven minutes.
The first half was close throughout too.
Hammons scored on a put-back with 8:04 left in the first half to give Purdue a 20-15 lead - its biggest lead of the first half. But then Smith dunked, grabbed a seal, and Parker scored two free throws to put the Huskers within a point.
Stephens hit a 3-pointer with 1:06 left in the half and Purdue led 35-32 at halftime.