Hole too deep for Huskers
Lincoln - A career night from Shavon Shields and a school record for fewest turnovers weren't enough to complete a valiant comeback attempt for the Nebraska basketball team on Wednesday, as the Huskers fell to Purdue 65-56 at the Devaney Center.
Nebraska trailed by 20 at 43-23 with 16:21 left in the game after Purdue hit five of its first six second-half shots. But the Huskers rallied, using a 17-3 run to cut the lead 46-40 with 9:06 remaining. NU trimmed the lead to five with 6:03 to play, but D.J. Byrd knocked down two of his four second-half 3-pointers over the next minute and a half to help Purdue lead by at least seven the remainder of the game.
The comeback effort was fueled by Shields and Jordan Tyrance. Shields scored a career-high 18 points and added a game-high-tying eight rebounds, one shy of his career high. Tyrance added 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds. Entering the night, Tyrance was 0-for-3 from the field in his career and had totaled one career point and five career rebounds.
Ray Gallegos added nine points for Nebraska, which committed only two turnovers, the fewest in school history. Previously, the Husker record was three turnovers on three different occasions. With the loss, Nebraska fell to 9-9 on the season and 0-5 in Big Ten Conference play. Purdue improved to 9-8 overall and 3-2 in league play on the strength of four players in double figures, led by Terone Johnson's 18 points.
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