Johnson leads Purdue past Nebraska 79-61

CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer Published:

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Anthony Johnson scored a career-high 17 points to help Purdue defeat Nebraska 79-61 on Thursday night in the first round of the Big Ten tournament.

Terone Johnson had 16 points, six rebounds and six assists, Ryne Smith scored 15 points and Robbie Hummel added 10 points for the sixth-seeded Boilermakers (21-11).

Hummel scored 29 points in an 85-63 win over Nebraska on Feb. 22, but he was content to set others up on his 23rd birthday. Purdue, which has won six of its past eight games, advanced to play No. 3 seed Ohio State on Friday.

The Boilermakers shot 56 percent from the field and made 13 3-pointers, matching a tournament record most recently reached in 2002.

Bo Spencer scored 22 points for the 11th-seeded Cornhuskers (12-18), who were playing in their first Big Ten tournament game. Nebraska finished the season on a five-game losing skid.

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