Despite getting clocked in the side of the head and then later smacked in the face, Robbie Hummel managed to make all four of his free throws in No. 4 Purdue's 90-63 victory over SIU Edwardsville Tuesday.
That makes 32 in a row for the 6-foot-8 junior forward.
Simply seeing Hummel walk off the court on his own power late in the first half was a nice sight.
Hummel dove for a loose ball and appeared to get kneed near his right ear. Hummel kept feeling at the ear -- there didn't appear to be blood -- and kind of shook his head to combat any woozy feeling.
He stayed on a ground a bit and was visited by the team's athletic trainer. I could read Hummel's lips: "I feel like I'm going to pass out."
He didn't. But he exited the game with 4:58 left in the half and got some attention on the bench.
On a drive to the basket in the second half, Hummel got a foul to his face. And he still made the basket and the free throw for a three-point play and an 84-55 lead. Those points pushed him to 12 in the game, making him one of five players in double figures for Purdue.
But Hummel did come up short in another milestone area -- at least for now. He needed three rebounds for 500 in his career but had only two.
- Many of the Purdue players headed straight home -- most live in Indiana -- after the game. They have Wednesday, Thursday and Friday off and don't have to be back for practice until early evening on Dec. 26. Guard Chris Kramer said it's the longest break they've had at this time of the year.
- For more from Kramer, be sure to check back to the blog this week for another installment of our "Kramer Chronicles." There will also be a blog about Keaton Grant's shooting. He made three three-pointers Tuesday, one fewer than he had all season.