Kramer’s late layup gives Purdue 72-70 victory over Missouri State
LAS VEGAS (AP)—Chris Kramer’s running layup with 13.6 seconds to play Sunday night gave Purdue a 72-70 victory over Missouri State at the Las Vegas Holiday Classic.
Missouri State took a 70-69 lead with 20 seconds to play on a pair of foul shots from Justin Fuehrmeyer, but Kramer drove the length of the court on Purdue’s next possession for the win.
Freshman Robbie Hummel led Purdue (8-4) with 16 points and 12 rebounds, Martin had 17 and Kramer added 14.
Following Kramer’s basket, which put the Boilermakers up 71-70, Missouri State’s Thomas Brock missed a short jumper with 3.1 seconds left, and Purdue’s Scott Martin converted 1-of-2 from the free throw line for the final margin.
Missouri State (7-5) had trailed 66-61 with two minutes to play, but scored seven of the next nine points, including a 3-pointer from Chris Cooks to tie the game at 68 with 59.3 seconds left.
Deven Mitchell had a game high 19 points for the Bears, Dale Lamberth scored 17 and Fuehrmeyer added 13.
The win gave Purdue a 2-2 split in the four-game tournament.
The Boilermakers were upset at home by Wofford 69-66 on Wednesday before the event moved to Las Vegas. They beat Texas Southern earlier in the tournament and lost to Iowa State on Saturday night.
Missouri State led by nine points in the first half, but had matchup problems inside and was out-rebounded 35-24.
The game featured 16 ties and 11 lead changes.