The Boilermakers were held to just 30 percent shooting in the game and twice went more than 6 minutes without a field goal. The second drought came early in the second half.
After cutting the Nebraska lead to 39-30 with 17:43 remaining, Purdue made just one field goal in nearly 10 minutes against Nebraska’s aggressive man-to-man defense.
Nebraska went up 63-38 on back-to-back dunks by Petteway and Walter Pitchford. Purdue got no closer than 21 until Nebraska coach Tim Miles cleared the bench with just over 2 minutes remaining.
The win was Nebraska’s first regular-season win over Purdue since the Huskers joined the Big Ten and its first over the Boilermakers in Lincoln since 1994. Purdue defeated Nebraska 70-64 on Jan. 12.
Purdue made just one field goal in the final 8:26 of the first half. But the Boilermakers made all 12 of their first half free throws to stay close.