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Kramer's overtime heroics lead Purdue to Sweet 16

Sunday, March 21, 2010

By GREGG BELL

AP Sports Writer

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Chris Kramer's drive past one defender and layup over another 6 inches taller than him with 4.2 seconds remaining in overtime sent fourth-seeded Purdue into the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament with a bruising 63-61 victory over fifth-seeded Texas A&M on Sunday.

Texas A&M's B.J. Holmes got a final, frantic chance to win the game with a rushed 3-point try from in front of his bench at the buzzer, but it hit short on the rim to ensure a sixth regional appearance in 12 NCAA tournaments dating to 1994 for Purdue (29-5).

Kramer, Purdue's leader with Robbie Hummel out with a knee injury, led the Boilermakers with 17 points and seven rebounds.

Bryan Davis led the Aggies (24-10) with 17 points and 15 rebounds. The 6-foot-9 senior was the man who leaped but could not block Kramer's winning shot.

PURDUE 63, TEXAS A&M 61, OT

TEXAS A&M (24-10)

Davis 8-17 1-1 17, Loubeau 5-10 2-2 12, Middleton 1-6 0-0 3, Harris 0-0 2-4 2, Sloan 4-17 1-2 11, Holmes 2-9 3-3 7, Turner 1-1 1-5 3, Hibbert 2-2 0-0 6, Walkup 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 23-65 10-17 61.

PURDUE (29-5)

Johnson 5-15 1-2 11, Kramer 6-10 4-4 17, Grant 2-7 0-0 5, Jackson 1-5 0-0 2, Moore 7-17 0-0 15, Barlow 0-1 0-0 0, Byrd 4-5 0-0 10, Smith 1-2 0-0 3, Hart 0-1 0-0 0, Bade 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-63 5-6 63.

Halftime--Texas A&M 32-25. End Of Regulation--Tied 55. 3-Point Goals--Texas A&M 5-17 (Hibbert 2-2, Sloan 2-5, Middleton 1-3, Walkup 0-2, Holmes 0-5), Purdue 6-17 (Byrd 2-2, Smith 1-2, Kramer 1-2, Grant 1-4, Moore 1-5, Hart 0-1, Jackson 0-1). Fouled Out--None. Rebounds--Texas A&M 45 (Davis 15), Purdue 39 (Kramer 7). Assists--Texas A&M 14 (Harris, Sloan 4), Purdue 11 (Jackson 4). Total Fouls--Texas A&M 13, Purdue 18. A--11,036. --11,036.



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