Nebraska 30 27 57
Purdue 28 27 55
Date of game: 3/14/2013

Recap: Purdue vs. Nebraska

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Shavon Shields scored 19 points and pulled down six rebounds as the Nebraska Cornhuskers registered a 57-55 win over the Purdue Boilermakers in the opening round of the Big Ten Conference Tournament at the United Center.

Also scoring in double figures for the 10th-seeded Cornhuskers (15-17) was Brandon Ubel who dropped in 16 points to go along with eight rebounds and five assists. With the win, Nebraska will now take on second-seeded Ohio State in the quarterfinals on Friday.

The seventh-seeded Boilermakers (15-17) were paced by D.J. Byrd who accounted for 15 points and eight rebounds, but shot just 2-of-8 behind the 3-point line. A.J. Hammons delivered 11 points and Ronnie Johnson 10 in the setback.

Purdue led by four points early in the first half, but the team ended up missing all five chances from beyond the arc in the period and fell behind by two points at the break, 30-28. The Huskers converted a solid 52.0 percent from the field through the first 20 minutes of action, but only 1-of-8 behind the 3-point line.

In the second half Nebraska was able to push the lead to 11 points, but a mere 36.4 percent shooting from the floor in the frame meant the team had to hold on for the win in the closing moments.

The Boilermakers converted a mere 2-of-12 from long range and were outscored at the charity stripe, 12-7.

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