Purdue finally started to get on track offensively its last time
out. A game against defensively challenged Valparaiso should only
The unbeaten and fifth-ranked Boilermakers try to build on their
best offensive game of the season when they host the Crusaders on
Purdue (7-0) won its first six games despite shooting 26.6
percent from 3-point range and no better than 46.2 percent overall
in any contest. It put an end to those woes in a 101-65 victory
over Buffalo on Saturday.
The Boilermakers shot 52.2 percent and recorded their
highest-scoring game since a 102-65 win over Southeast Missouri
State on Dec. 30, 2006.
Purdue spent the first half attacking the basket before going to
the perimeter in the second, connecting on 11 of 16 3-pointers in
the final 20 minutes. It finished a season-best 12 of 24 from
beyond the arc.
Chris Kramer had a season-high 14 points on 6 of 6 from the
field, and hopes that shooting performance is a sign of things to
“I don’t think we need to do anything different,” he said. “We
get looks early and often, we just need to knock them down.”
E’Twaun Moore also scored 14 points Saturday, while JaJuan
Johnson added 12 and Robbie Hummel finished with 11. The
Boilermakers are off to their best start since the Glenn
Robinson-led 1993-94 team opened a school-best 14-0.
“It’s satisfaction of having success and getting better,” coach
Matt Painter said. “It’s not one of our goals to go 7-0. We go to
the next game.”
That would be a matchup with Valparaiso (3-5), one of the worst
defensive teams in the nation.
The Crusaders are yielding an average of 81.1 points, and let
then-No. 23 Butler shoot 56.8 percent from the floor in an 84-67
Although Valpo is struggling defensively this season, it limited
the Boilermakers to 36.4 percent shooting in Purdue’s 59-45 win
The Boilermakers have won eight straight over the Crusaders
since a 114-96 loss Dec. 22, 1965, and lead the series 13-1.
Moore scored a game-high 14 points against Valpo last season
while Johnson added 10. Those two have led Purdue on offense this
season, with Moore averaging a team-high 16.4 points and Johnson at
Having struggled to score for much of the season, Purdue has
relied on defense. The Boilermakers limited Buffalo to 34.3 percent
from the floor and held their last three opponents to an average of
Purdue will now focus on trying to slow down Crusaders guard
Brandon Wood, who looks to bounce back from his worst game of the
Wood entered Saturday’s Horizon League opener averaging 23.0
points, 12th in the nation, but finished with seven. He was held
scoreless until the 10:02 mark of the second half and went 2 of 6
from the field.
Wood had better luck in Valpo’s two other games against ranked
opponents this season. The transfer from Southern Illinois scored
30 points in an 88-77 loss to then-No. 6 North Carolina on Nov. 15
and had 24 in a 90-60 defeat to then-No. 2 Michigan State on Nov.