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Purdue leads Michigan State at halftime

Chris Kramer dunked the ball the first chance he got Sunday -- as the lead runner during No. 3 Purdue's warm-ups.

He kept the intensity throughout the first half, helped the Boilermakers to a 28-26 lead over No. 14 Michigan State.

Kramer made 4 of 5 shots, including an emphatic right-handed dunk after registering his school record-breaking steal, and leads Purdue with nine points.

The Boilermakers are shooting only 32 percent, and the offense hasn't looked as smooth as normal. Some of that is because perhaps the team's best facilitator, Robbie Hummel, is out.

But Purdue still has the lead because it has been fighting for loose balls and rebounds against one of the nation's top rebounding teams. It has the lead because the Boilermakers are using their smaller lineup to push the ball in transition and get easy baskets. It has the lead because the "other" guys -- not E'Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson -- are playing big.

Moore and Johnson, a pair of first-team all-conference players, have made 2 of 13 shots and both picked up two fouls in the first half.

But Kramer has picked up his offensive play, and Keaton Grant has scored five points.

And the Boilermakers still are playing tough defense.

Michigan State, also in foul trouble, is shooting 38 percent and has 10 turnovers.

  • Kramer's steal, which pushed him past Brian Cardinal for the school record, came when he was denying Draymond Green the ball on the perimeter. Then he poked the intended pass away, gathered it and went full-court for a dunk.

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