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An excellent roleplayer, the mark he took for a compliment, Grady Eifert won the second half of Saturday's victory with more than 81-62 over Nebraska to the students' song "MVP! MVP!"
"We love it when it gets a little bit of love," said later colleague Ryan Cline, "because he works so hard."
This was the usual Eiffert thing – offensive jumps, shifts or places and visits to the ground in search of them – this triggered the 15th place on the Purdue scale to start the second half after the first race.
It was not so ordinary Eifert's thing that could represent a unique difference in eight of the Boilermakers' victories in so many games.
The higher player reached 16 points and did not miss any shot. He was 4 out of 4 from the ground, 2 out of 2 from 3 and 6 out of 6 on the line of offense.
Purdue, who was led by only two in the half before Nebraska fastened it fast to open the other.
But after Eiffert's offensive, Carsen Edwards returned the back track to Trevion Williams for the dunk. Later Eifert's places were diving eastward, and then in the eastern direction that they transferred to Eifert for those three that covered the 14-2 Purdue cracks that pushed the guide into double numbers and allowed him enough time to overturn Cornhusker's triplets. Exceptional ranges for a team that is scarcely struggling for scoring. It was the seventh consecutive loss of Nebraska.
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In this second half, Purdue made eight consecutive shots, six of which were.
Nojel Eastern clearly expressed the offensive waves of Purdue.
"We have shooters," said Eastern.
Like in, shooters.
Purdue shot 59 percent at half-time, reached four triples between 15:25 and 11:30 in the second half, and frozen the game on the line of the offense, making 18 of 20 in the last 20 minutes after trying just one first 20.
"We just tried to move, perform, exit the first five minutes (good)," said Eastern, after another double double 12 points and 10 jumps for point guard. "Five minutes to Minnesota, we turned the ball. We tried to pick it up from the last game, to exit, execute and stay in it.
This was not the only focus in the second half for chefs.
"We just talked about the attempt to get more offensive jumps and more of our open shooters," Eifert said. "Just playing through bustle and energy, we tried to do it."
Carsen Edwards scored 27 points on a 50% shooting and a perfect work on the offense line where he was 9-for-9. But Tim Miles meant so much to Boilermaker All-American, so he thought Eifert made such a difference for Purdue.
"It really struck us," said Miles. "I thought it was the key to the game."