January 6, 2018 / 10:06 PM / 5 months ago

Edwards leads No. 13 Purdue over Nebraska

Purdue forward Vincent Edwards delivered team highs of 21 points, 10 rebounds and six assists to lead the No. 13 Boilermakers to a 74-62 victory over Nebraska at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind., on Saturday.

The Boilermakers (15-2, 4-0 Big Ten) captured their 11th victory in a row. The Cornhuskers (11-6, 2-2) had a four-game winning streak snapped.

Edwards sank 7 of 14 shots and all six free throws. Boilermakers center Isaac Haas scored 14 points, hitting 5 of 7 shots and 4 of 5 free throws. Dakota Mathias added 11 points for Purdue. Carsen Edwards, Purdue’s leading scorer entering the game, was held to seven points on 3-of-13 shooting, 10 below his average.

The Boilermakers’ largest lead was 18 at 72-54.

Vincent Edwards scored 17 points in the first half to lead the Boilermakers to a 41-31 halftime lead.

“I thought Vince Edwards was super in the first half,” Purdue coach Matt Painter told the Big Ten Network. “He really kept us afloat. I thought he played harder than anybody on the court in the first half, and his numbers showed it.”

James Palmer Jr. scored a team-high 22 points for Nebraska. Isaac Copeland chipped in with 16 points.

Copeland got called for a technical for taunting after dunking on 7-foot-2 Haas with 3:22 left.

Purdue made 27 of 61 shots (44.3 percent) while Nebraska was 22 of 54 (40.7).

Both teams had trouble scoring in first 10 minutes of the second half. With 10:42 left in the second half, each team had eight points since the break as Purdue led 49-39.

After Nebraska closed the deficit to 52-43 with 9:08, Purdue went on an 11-3 spurt to push the lead to 63-46 with 5:18 to go. The run was capped by 3-pointers by Mathias and P.J. Thompson.

The Boilermakers sank 11 of their first 14 shots to take a 27-12 lead with 10:46 left in the first half. From there, the Boilermakers were 5 of 19 the rest of the half to finish with 48.5 percent. Edwards, who hit his first five shots, opened with a 3-pointer for the Boilermakers, who never trailed.

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