Senior forward Shavon Shields had a career night in his final game at Pinnacle Bank Arena, but it wasn’t enough to lift Nebraska to victory of Purdue. The Boilermakers’ size was too much for the Huskers in a 81-62 loss for Nebraska (14-16, 6-11).
“Disappointment, frustration and even resignation that really bothered me,” Coach Tim Miles said after the game of the team’s mental state during the game. “I think they were just resigned to ‘we can’t handle these guys’ they’re just such a bad match up.”
Despite falling behind 30-9 in the first half, Nebraska battled back to within six points late in the first half. Purdue was able to pull away in the second half shooting 65% from the field in the final 20 minutes. Nebraska shot 40% for the game.
Huskers Shavon Shields and Benny Parker exited the game with just under one minute remaining, leaving to a standing ovation on Senior Night. Shields said after the game his individual performance meant nothing in a loss.
“I really don’t care about because we didn’t win,” Shields said.
Nebraska has one final regular season game before the Big Ten Tournament. The Huskers play Northwestern Sunday on the road. That game may be the determining factor in whether or not Nebraska is forced to play on the first day of the Big Ten Tournament.