The Nebraska men’s basketball team pulled-off an unexpected win over #20 Purdue at Pinnacle Bank Arena Sunday afternoon.
Purdue connected on 14 three-pointers and had five players score in double-figures, but it wasn’t enough as Nebraska came-from-behind late to win 83-80 in front of 15,715 fans.
Nebraska was led by sophomore Jack McVeigh’s career-high 21 points and 16 points from freshman Jeriah Borne, both of whom came off the bench.
“I think it shows their competitive nature, their commitment and how they want to help us,” said Coach Tim Miles after the win. “I’m very proud of them.”
McVeigh connected on four three-pointers in the first half, tying a season-high.
“It was good we got the win as a team. That was big,” said McVeigh. “Every night somebody’s got to step up and tonight everyone did really.”
Nebraska trailed 72-67 with under 3 minutes left in the game. Miles says the team was determined to pull-out the win in the huddle during that timeout.
“The guys were mad,” Miles said. “They were just made like, ‘How’d we get in this position. We deserve better than this. We’ve played better.'”
The Huskers crawled back into the game, eventually taking a lead on a put-back rebound by Michael Jacobson. Jacobson was sick most of the first half and received an IV at halftime.
The win ends Nebraska’s five-game losing streak and lifts the Huskers’ conference record to 4-5 (10-11 overall).
“Everybody needs to see success to keep building your confidence,” said Coach Miles. “That can only go so far so we should have a good vibe, but we also know what it takes to play the likes of Michigan State.”
The Huskers host Michigan State at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Thursday.