Grady Eifert

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As the Purdue men’s basketball team nears the end of its regular season every game becomes increasingly important -- in some ways, more important than most pre-season watchers could have imagined. So with the added intensity of the last home game of the season and the annual Senior Day, the intensity in Mackey Arena might have been at a season high Saturday. 

 

The Boilermakers responded by routing the visiting Ohio State Buckeyes -- the last team to beat Purdue at home -- 86-51.

 

Casey Abbett / WBAA

The fact that the Purdue men's basketball team had not played in almost a week was all too evident in the early minutes of their game against the visiting Nebraska Cornhuskers Saturday.

The 15th-ranked Boilermakers missed passes and had trouble finding a rhythm in the first half, and led by just two at the break. 

It wasn't until a 14-2 run during a four-minute stretch early in the second half that the team could open up a significant lead. Once they did so they rode it all the way into a 19-point victory in front of a sold out Mackey Arena.