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Keys to the game

Purdue made 13 three-pointers in a 79-61 victory against Nebraska in an opening round Big Ten tournament contest Thursday.

Anthony Johnson scored a career-high 17 points.

Here are some of the keys.

Key stretch: The Boilermakers went on a 17-0 run midway through the first half. Johnson, Robbie Hummel and D.J. Byrd made three-pointers during the stretch.

Records: Purdue established a single-season program record for three-pointers. The Boilermakers came into the game with 246 three-pointers, just eight shy of surpassing the 2007-08 team's record.

The 13 three-pointers match a Big Ten tournament record. Minnesota made 13 against Purdue in 2001. Illinois made 13 against Minnesota in 2002.

Up next: Purdue faces third-seeded Ohio State. The teams played once this season, an 87-84 Ohio State win on Feb. 7 in Columbus, Ohio.

Quotable:

"I just try to come in and be aggressive and give us some energy starting off with defense and rebounding. If the offense comes, I'm going to take advantage of it." - Anthony Johnson

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