The one game losing streak is over.
After being stunned by Rutgers the last time Purdue went to Keady Court, the Boilers made sure there wouldn’t be a second straight upset. From a Fletcher Loyer three 20 seconds into the game to a Fletcher Loyer three with 41 seconds left, the Boilermakers were in complete control against Nebraska and pulled off a wire-to-wire 73-55 victory over the same Cornhusker team that brought them to renewal brought a month ago.
Loyer finished the game with a career-high 27 points, giving him 49 in two games against Nebraska this season. Zach Edey finished with 12 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks, while Mason Gillis and Braden Smith each had 10.
Purdue couldn’t hit a three in the first game against Nebraska, Fletcher Loyer went ahead and made sure that wouldn’t happen again.
Braden Smith drove from the top of the key on Purdue’s first possession but two dribbles in, kicking it straight to Fletcher Loyer on the wing with the shot clock in single digits. Loyer got up and hit his first shot of the night to give Purdue the early 3-0 lead.
CJ Welcher would have a chance to respond early with a wide-open layup at the rim, but Zach Edey’s size worried he would hit him low off the board and Purdue avoided an early easy basket. Derrick Walker would complete a lay-in on the rim on the next possession.
Then it was Fletcher Loyer who found Braden Smith on the edge and the point guard would make his first three of the game to give Purdue a 6-2 lead. Smith and Loyer would continue their two-man game when Smith again found Loyer faking the pump and then getting into his second three of the game. Purdue would go into the under-16 minute with a 9–2 lead.
Derrick Walker would score again off Zach Edey, but Loyer responded with his third three of the night, a 27 seven-footer to the top left of the three-point line. Loyer had gone 2 out of 10 in his first game with Nebraska.
Purdue led 12-4 with just over 14 minutes left when Nebraska threw a ball out of bounds on their next possession.
Loyer wasn’t done yet, as he caught another ball with a closing defender coming toward him and he pumped before going back in a three-pointer on a corner kick. It was his fourth three of the half and gave Purdue a 15–4 lead.
Trey Kaufman-Renn replaced Zach Edey and Nebraska’s leading scorer, Derrick Walker, forced Kaufman-Renn into a move on one side before attacking him on the bounce on the other. He laid up to pull within single digits, 15-6, then hit a spinning hook that was shot off glass on the next possession.
A rare Loyer miss would follow, but Mason Gillis chased the rebound and put it back to go up 17-8.
Walker would again score past Kaufman-Renn to go to 17-10 before drawing another turnover on Kaufman-Renn as Kaufman-Renn dropped his shoulder into the post and was called for an attack.
David Jenkins would foul on a pull-up in midrange and hit the second of two free throws to give Purdue an 18-10 lead.
With Edey back in, Walker still had confidence in the ball and attacked the big man from the dribble. He completed another lefty layup to cut the lead to 18-12.
As the shot clock expired for Purdue, Ethan Morton was able to drive to the right, create space and make a pass to Braden Smith at the top of the arc, who swung to the corner where Brandon Newman got his first shot to fall, a corner three to move the game to 21-12 Purdue with just over 7 minutes in the first half.
Derrick Walker would look down Zach Edey on the next possession with the ball past the three-point line. Edey didn’t budge, so Walker grabbed just his second three of the season and made his first career three-pointer.
Nebraska made just enough shots to stay in, and the three brought them within 6 points, 21-15.
Zach Edey was unable to get the ball low on Purdue’s possessions, so he started chasing offensive rebounds, dipping in a miss and grabbing another miss and putting it in to close the game at around four minutes. to bring 25-17. Emmanuel Bandoumel hit a tough mid-range jumper between Edey’s back-to-back backs.
Nebraska, trailing two starters, had to go to their bank to get production from unlikely sources. Oleg Kojenets made a nice cut and completed a layup, but Purdue countered with a corner three from Caleb Furst that put Purdue up 28-19.
Then Keisei Tominaga started happening. He had a great second half against Purdue in their first game, and he started to get hot in Mackey late in the first. His three off Ethan Morton cut the lead to 28-22.
Edey would grab another offensive rebound and make a mistake on his setback attempt. He would only make the second.
Tominaga would go in and use his cunning to pivot on his pivot and get a scoop to bring Nebraska back inside 5, 29-24.
Fletcher Loyer would use Nebraska’s closeouts against them to end the half, catch and drive to draw a foul on the rim. He would make both free throws. Then Caleb Furst would find Edey on the post and Edey took advantage of not being doubled for one of the first times of the night by hitting a quick corner shot from about eight yards out.
Loyer’s last drive of the half would give Purdue a 35-24 lead going into the half as he kissed his floater from the right side of the glass.
Nebraska made just enough shots in the first half to hang on, but in the second half began to show understaffed and lacking in talent. It didn’t help that they turned the ball around early in the half, with Ethan Morton taking the ball from CJ Wilcher and Wilcher then losing it on a drive to give the Purdue defense two force turnovers in the first two possessions.
Morton responded by making his first three of the game, extending Purdue’s lead to 38-24.
Then Edey was able to seal Walker inside and by the time he caught the entry pass, Walker had no choice but to commit a foul. Edey would make both free throws.
Fletcher Loyer continued his hot shots, this time creating the dribble and hitting a mid-range fall-away jumper to put Purdue up 42-24 less than three minutes into the second half.
Edey would block Walker on one side and Braden Smith would drive to the hoop on the other and finish through contact from Bandoumel for an en-1. His free throw would give Purdue a 45-24 lead.
A Loyer free throw and Nebraska’s first basket of the half, a Walker layup, would cut the lead to twenty for Purdue, 46-26.
Boundoumel would start to heat up for Nebraska, which would bring some guards. His attack in transition would lead to a euro-step layup.
Purdue’s responded with more dribbling penetration, this time Loyer drove onto the court, pulled into the defense and found a cutting Furst on the baseline for a thunderous two-handed jam. Purdue went up 48-28.
Braden Smith’s layup pushed the lead to 22 before Bandoumel hit just the third three of the game for Nebraska.
Fletcher Loyer would then hit a pull-up three off the dribble for his fifth three of the night. Purdue’s lead would go from 53-31 to 53-33 after another Walker was ahead of Nebraska.
For the second game in a row, Tominaga gave Purdue strikes in the second half. This time, Brandon Newman lost left guard off the ball and Tominaga flied out and shot three from the right wing.
Mason Gillis would foul on the next possession on a defensive rebound and get two free throws.
Back-to-back conversions of Brandon Newman and David Jenkins Jr. would give Nebraska the chance to move further into the lead. A foul was called on a Tominaga floater and the guard would knock down two free throws to cut the lead to 55-38.
David Jenkins Jr. would then drive left and find Gillis in the corner for a three-pointer.
Rarely used, Jamarques Lawrence would hit a turn-around jumper on an offensive rebound on the next possession.
Loyer would hit two more free throws on back-to-back offensive rebounds from Zach Edey and Mason Gillis kept possession alive. Then Tominaga would lose Newman again at the top of the arc and hit his third three of the game.
Purdue’s lead was cut to 60-43.
Trey Kaufman-Renn would get an offensive rebound and then draw a foul in the post, making both free throws.
Mason Gillis would save a running shot clock possession by driving hard to the right and putting it in to push Purdue’s lead to 64-43.
Lawrence would make another basket, make a drive and finish with the left hand. Then Derrick Walker rides Kaufman-Renn again, hits a spin in the paint and finishes over Kaufman-Renn, as Kaufman-Renn was called for his third foul. Walker would miss the free throw.
Zach Edey would then collect his 9th consecutive double-double as Braden Smith found his big man sealed inside. Edey finished via contact and lured in the foul on Bandoumel. His free throw gave Purdue a 67-47 lead that Smith would push to 69-47 with four minutes remaining.
Nebraska would score off a setback Lawrence and a Tominaga three before Bandoumel would add his, briefly dropping the score to 15, 70–55 before Fletcher Loyer put appropriate ice on each comeback attempt with his 6th 3-pointer and his career-high 27th point.