Final: Purdue 63, Texas A&M 61 (OT)


SPOKANE, Wash. -- This was a gritty one. It required extra basketball to decide it.

But Purdue's defensive specialist Chris Kramer drove through the tough Texas A&M defense for a layup with four seconds left in overtime that gave the Boilermakers a 63-61 victory in overtime in the second round of the South regional.

Some thoughts:

  • Both teams showed a lot of balance. No player scored more than 17 points -- which Kramer and A&M's Brian David reached. Seven players reached double figures, four for Purdue.

  • Purdue didn't shoot its first free throw until the 15:41 mark of the first half when it was down 40-29. At that point, Texas A&M had connected on 9 of 14. The Boilermakers ended up shooting 5 of 6 from the line, the Aggies 10 of 17.

  • Texas A&M was 5 of 10 on 3-pointers in the first half. It was zero of seven in the second.

  • Rebounding was a key, as expected. The Aggies won the glass 39-29, but Purdue was able to keep that battle just close enough to win the game.