Another game, another outstanding performance by a Purdue team that appears to be hitting on all cylinders right now without injured star Robbie Hummel. With center JaJuan Johnson, who went for 23 and 15 in the first round, struggling, the Boilermakers needed someone to step up and compliment leading scorer E'Twaun Moore (15 points) against Texas A&M.
Enter Purdue fan favorite Chris "Don't Call Me Biff Tannen" Kramer - a guy known more for his defense than his scoring.
Purdue's all-time leader in steals and the 2008 Big 10 Defensive Player of the Year went for double digits in the scoring column for only the eighth time this season, pouring in a team-high 17 points to go with his 7 rebounds. It wasn't the quantity of his buckets that made the difference, though. It was the timing. The senior scored six of the eight Purdue points in overtime including what would be the game-winner, an end-to-end layup with six seconds left on the clock.
If you're Purdue coach Matt Painter, you have to be happy with the way your team beat the Aggies Sunday night. It's not often that a team can start four guards, get out-rebounded by 10, have fewer assists and take a third of the free throws your opponent does and still walk away with a win. But, when they do, you get the feeling that your team might just have that little something extra that makes it special.
On Sunday, that little something extra was a senior guard from Huntington, Indiana.