Purdue's Grady Eifert headed toward the basket when he saw Carsen Edwards put up a 3-pointer and the No. 15 Boilermakers leading Nebraska by a point with two minutes left.
Flying across the lane, Eifert grabbed the partially blocked shot with a second on the shot clock and managed to get off one of his two key late shots that pushed Purdue to a 75-72 win Saturday in Lincoln, Nebraska.
"I saw it got tipped," Eifert said. "I knew the shot clock was winding down. I knew I would be able to come down and gather myself. I just flicked it up there and it rolled. I couldn't see it after I shot it. Everyone celebrating, I could tell it went in."
A couple minutes earlier, Eifert beat the shot clock when he slipped to the basket for an uncontested layup off an inbound pass from Ryan Cline.
"That doesn't happen unless Carsen sprints off there and makes a hard cut," Eifert said. "Kline made a perfect pass for me to catch and go up with it right away. When it's one second on the clock, everyone's thinking Carsen's getting the ball there. We just wanted to get something at the rim."
Nebraska coach Tim Miles could only shake his head and toss a water bottle as Eifert did his thing.
"First of all, I think you just credit Purdue and Grady Eifert," Miles said. "Those are very good plays. Credit the victor, right? Second of all, I don't think we made a mistake. It was a scramble situation defensively. Sometimes the game breaks you."
Matt Haarms had 17 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots for Purdue (20-7, 13-3 Big Ten), which won its second straight close road game, having beaten Indiana 48-46 on a tip-in with three seconds left Tuesday.
"We went to Indiana, we were fortunate, but we found a way to win," Purdue coach Matt Painter said. "We came here and we were fortunate again. We still found a way. I think that's what good teams do. To be able to hang in there, make our free throws, not turn the basketball over and outrebound them by 18, we'll take that."
The Boilermakers' 14th win in 16 games pulled them into a brief three-way tie for first in the Big Ten with Michigan and Michigan State. The tie will be broken Sunday when those two teams meet in Ann Arbor.
Cline's 3-pointer to end the first half gave the Boilermakers a two-point lead, and they never trailed again. Purdue made 7 of 8 free throws down the stretch and finished 23 of 26 from the line.
Glynn Watson Jr. scored a season-high 25 points and James Palmer added 15 points and a season-high eight assists for Nebraska (15-13, 5-12), which lost for the ninth time in 11 games.
Edwards and Cline had 13 points apiece for the Boilermakers. Edwards continued to struggle with his shot after going 4 for 24 overall and 0 for 10 on 3-pointers against Indiana. With Watson the primary defender on Edwards, the Big Ten scoring leader was 3 for 16 and 1 for 10 on 3s Saturday and had no field goals the final 34 minutes.
NO. 20 VA. TECH 67, NOTRE DAME 59
Kerry Blackshear Jr. had 22 points and 14 rebounds as No. 20 Virginia Tech defeated Notre Dame 67-59 on Saturday.
The Hokies (21-6, 10-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), leading from the game's first basket onward, grabbed to a 14-4 advantage over the initial eight minutes.
The Fighting Irish (13-14, 3-11), who got as close as six points on three occasions in the second half, lost their third straight game and their ninth in their last 11 outings.
T.J. Gibbs led Notre Dame with 18 points but was just 5 of 17 from the field with three 3-pointers. John Mooney added 12 points and 10 rebounds.
C. MICHIGAN 64, BALL STATE 57
Kevin McKay had 17 points and 19 rebounds to lead Central Michigan to a 64-57 win over Ball St. on Saturday.
Larry Austin Jr. had 16 points for Central Michigan (19-8, 8-6 Mid-American Conference), which snapped its four-game road losing streak. Dallas Morgan added 14 points. Rob Montgomery had nine rebounds and three blocks for the road team.
The Chippewas were in trouble after the first half, entering the locker room at halftime trailing 34-23. But the visitors mounted a second-half rally to get back in it and ultimately earn the victory. The Cardinals' 23 points in the second half marked a season low for the team.
Tahjai Teague had 12 points for the Cardinals (14-13, 5-9). Kokomo's Tayler Persons added 11 points. Trey Moses had three assists and three blocks.
MISSOURI STATE 67, INDIANA STATE 61
Tulio Da Silva recorded 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead Missouri State to a 67-61 win over Indiana State on Saturday.
Josh Webster had 14 points and six assists for Missouri State (16-13, 10-6 Missouri Valley Conference). Keandre Cook added 11 points. Ryan Kreklow had 11 points for the home team.
Tyreke Key had 19 points for the Sycamores (14-14, 6-10). Christian Williams added six rebounds.
BRADLEY 63, EVANSVILLE 61
Elijah Childs had 13 points and 13 rebounds to carry Bradley to a 63-61 win over Evansville on Saturday.
Evansville, trailing 61-51 with 4:10 remaining, went on a 9-0 run to get within a point with 29 seconds left on a basket by K.J. Riley. Ja'Shon Henry made 1 of 2 free throws for Bradley (16-13, 8-8 Missouri Valley) with 21.2 remaining.
After Evansville's Shea Feehan missed on a 3-point attempt, Childs went 1 of 2 from the line for a 63-60 Bradley lead with 5.2 left. Bradley then fouled Riley early to send him to the line with 1.9 to go. Riley made the first free throw and intentionally missed the second but Feehan's follow in a crowd went off the rim.
Riley had 13 points and nine rebounds for the Purple Aces (10-19, 4-12), who have now lost six consecutive games. Feehan added 11 points.