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Purdue leads Buffalo at halftime

Purdue still is struggling on three-pointers -- but that doesn't matter much when layups are coming frequently.

The Boilermakers have nine steals in the first half, sparking a 45-26 lead over Buffalo at the break.

By my unofficial count, 10 of Purdue's 17 baskets in the first half were either on a layup or dunk.

The Boilermakers have 19 points off Buffalo's 14 turnovers. Chris Kramer, Robbie Hummel and E'Twaun Moore have been credited with two steals apiece in the half.

Kramer has a team-high 10 points on five-of-five shooting.

The struggles from the perimeter have continued, though.

Purdue is only 1 of 8 on three-pointers. D.J. Byrd has the only make. Hummel is 0 for 4, and he appears to be getting really frustrated. He's swearing under his breath and keeps clapping in disgust. He's keeping his follow-through longer than normal, too, maybe trying to will the ball in. I watched Hummel closely during warm-ups, and he was stroking the ball well and making the majority of his three-pointers. But once the game started, he's missed. One wasn't the greatest look, but the others were shots Hummel usually makes. We'll see what his approach is to taking three-pointers in the second half.

On an unrelated Purdue note,

Ohio State star Evan Turner will miss 8 weeks after breaking two bones in his back when he fell while dunking during Saturday’s game against Eastern Michigan.

Initial X-rays indicated no serious injuries, but Buckeyes athletic trainer Vince O’Brien said later tests found fractures of the second and third lumbar vertebra of Turner’s spine.

The injury occurred after Turner drove the lane and was fouled going up for a dunk with 13:27 left in the first half of the No. 15 Buckeyes’ game against Eastern Michigan.

Turner missed the dunk and hung on the rim with his feet flying into a nearly horizontal position, before falling on his back under the basket. He spent several minutes on the floor before walking with help to the locker room.

The Buckeyes went on to win 111-60.

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