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Nebraska forward Leslee Smith shoots over Purdue forward Travis Carroll in the first half.

Purdue gets 1st Big Ten win

WEST LAFAYETTE – Purdue made it more difficult than it needed to be, but the Boilermakers picked up their first Big Ten victory Sunday.

Purdue defeated Nebraska 70-64, even though it could never fully take charge of the game and committed nine second-half turnovers.

After watching six-point lead turn into a three-point deficit with 6:48 to play, Ronnie Johnson came to the Boilermakers' rescue.

He knocked down a jumper with 6:22 to play then sank a pair of free throws for a 59-58 lead with 5:44 to go, and Purdue kept rolling scoring five points for a 64-58 lead with 1:08 to play.

The Boilermakers then closed it at the free-line as Sterling Carter made three free throws, A.J. Hammons knocked down two and Johnson made one free throw in the final 42 seconds.

Hammons led Purdue (11-5, 1-2) with 18 points, and Johnson had 14. Terran Petteway had 19 for Nebraska (8-8, 0-4), and Deverell Biggs and Ray Gallegos each added 10.

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