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Purdue beats Indiana in home finale

Chris Kramer and Keaton Grant were the last Purdue players to leave Mackey Arena on Wednesday.

Family and friends were waiting patiently as Grant and Kramer signed autographs and took pictures.

Before Kramer left to grab some dinner -- at nearly 10:30 p.m. -- he gathered some of his friends for a picture near midcourt.

All smiles.

No surprise on this night.

Kramer made seven of eight shots, scored 18 points and had a team-high six assists to help beat Indiana 74-55 in his final game in front of a sold-out Mackey Arena.

Kramer kept his emotions in check after the game -- as did Grant and other senior Mark Wohlford, a former walk-on -- during video clips and speeches. Even Kramer's mom, Susan, didn't cry. She expected she would.

Instead, the post-game was all about celebrating what Kramer and Grant have done for the program, helping turn it from under-.500 to top 10.

"For the fans to stay here, it's big," he said. "It just shows how much they care about us. And it's not just like, 'Oh, they're just athletes.' They actually stayed here, and I'll always remember that."

A sign near the Paint Crew had a countdown for Grant's 1,000 points. He entered the game 18 points shy. He left needing 13 more.

He had a shot to get what appeared be an easy bucket early in the game. He stole the ball less than one minute after the tip and was uncontested running down the court. But he bobbled the ball and lost it out of bounds.

"I looked behind me to see where Verdell Jones was, and he stopped and slowed down," Grant said. "As soon as I turned back around to gather myself, the ball just went out of bounds. I couldn't help but laugh about it."

  • Be sure to check back Thursday for a special "Kramer Chronicles." I shot some pre- and post-game video of senior day, and I'll try to get an interview with him before Thursday's practice to plug in there, too.

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