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Kramer scores, Purdue wins

Chris Kramer has scored 19 points twice in his career, and he led Purdue in scoring both of those games.

But the Boilermakers lost those games – at Iowa in 2007 and at Michigan State in 2008.

This time when Kramer hit a team-high total, Purdue got the victory.

Kramer made 6 of 6 shots and both of his free throws in a 101-65 rout of Buffalo on Saturday to score 14 points, tying him with E'Twaun Moore for the Purdue lead.

But Kramer didn't do anything out his style – all of his baskets were layups and most of them were in transition, either after his own steals or other turnovers.

"I was able to leak out and get some of those easy buckets," Kramer said. "Then we ran our flat ball screen series, the guy that was guarding me was real high and he had the back of his head to me. So he didn't know where I was going. So a couple times, I just went right to the basket, and Kelsey (Barlow) found me. They just couldn't see the man and the ball at the same time, and I was able to get a couple easy buckets."

Kramer reaching double-digit points was so talked about after the game because offensive prowess isn't what he's known for. It's not that he doesn't have skills with the ball – it's just that he recognizes what his role is on a team packed with weapons.

Coach Matt Painter likes that about Kramer.

"I think he's an opportunistic-type scorer," Painter said. "If the defense is going to sag off him, he's going to take that shot. If they're going to play him honest, he's going to move the basketball. When he has angles, he'll drive it. But if not, he'll defer to others, which I think is good when you have a lot of scorers on your team. He allows us to have very good balance."

When asked if he wishes he would have played more than 17 minutes to add to his point total, Kramer quickly said, "Um, no."

He said he thought it was key for the reserves to get more minutes, which he thinks can only help the team as the season progresses.

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