By the time Chris Kramer made it to Purdue's locker room, he walked in on quite a celebration.
Kramer compared it to the locker room after his first Big Ten victory as a freshman.
"Everyone was going crazy, jumping around," Kramer said after No. 8 Purdue's 78-75 victory at Indiana, the first since 1999.
"It was definitely great to walk into, our team just celebrating, first time anybody on our team and same with coach (Matt) Painter, first time winning in Assembly Hall."
Kramer was late to the locker room because he was busy yelling at Indiana's student section near Purdue's tunnel. Robbie Hummel had a couple celebratory screams directed toward the same group before running up the tunnel.
No surprise for the strong reactions: Kramer and Hummel were the students' favorites to heckle.
Hummel was even called "ugly" while shooting free throws and there was a sign in the student section that showed Hummel next to a horse, presumably mocking Hummel's appearance again.
"That's how we expect it to be," said Hummel, who tied for a team high 21 points with JaJuan Johnson. "We wouldn't expect anything less coming here. They'll get the same treatment when they come to West Lafayette."
Fans weren't as specific with Kramer -- at least not what I heard -- but he's usually the one who gets taunted the most.
"You've got to love it," Kramer said. "Obviously, you're doing something right for them not to like you."
Painter called Indiana the toughest place to play in the Big Ten because of that hostile environment, and he said he was proud of the way his players handed the atmosphere.
Purdue didn't have any turnovers in the game's final 5:45 -- during crunch time -- and made five of six free throws.
In that same span, the Hoosiers had one turnover and missed the front-end of one-and-ones three times.
"I think experience was the biggest thing that really helped us win this game," Hummel said. "We're a mature team. We've been in a lot of games, and I think we just valued the basketball and did a good job with that."
- Kramer and Hummel weren't the only ones excited about this victory. E'Twaun Moore, who rarely shows emotion on the court, said he even smiled. "Ah yeah, yeah," he laughed. "You definitely get a good feeling like (exhales) relief. After you do all that hard work, all that battling, you finally come out on top, it just feels great."
- For more on the game, check back Friday.