OSU basketball notebook: Le'Bryan Nash injured, status uncertain

Cowboys' freshman standout left Lloyd Noble Center with an arm in a cast.
BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com Published: February 22, 2012

It was a rough night for Cowboys freshman Le'Bryan Nash, who struggled through a 3-of-15 shooting night and injured his left arm.

Nash continued to play in the second half, but his arm swelled after the game and he left Lloyd Noble Center in a cast and is due to undergo X-rays.

“We're a little worried about him,” said OSU coach Travis Ford. “We'll see how it is. He hurt his arm early in the second half. We were taking him in and out a little bit. But he couldn't hardly raise his arm. He's pretty swollen, so we'll see.”

NORMAN: NO-WIN ZONE

Senior Keiton Page did his best to shoot the Cowboys back into Wednesday night's Bedlam clash in Norman, firing in eight second-half 3-pointers and finishing with 29 points, which before his 40-point outburst against Texas on Saturday, represented his career high.

But in the 77-64 loss, Page left Norman winless in four trips as a Cowboy.

“Regardless of where you play, when it's OSU-OU, it's always going to be that kind of game,” Page said, “it's always going to be a tough atmosphere, a tough game.”

Personally, Page erased some demons.

Before Wednesday, he hadn't scored more than seven points in Lloyd Noble Center, averaging just 5.2 points in three previous visits and shooting poorly.

It took him a half, but Page warmed to the arena in the second half.

“Once he gets going, he really gets going,” said OU guard Steven Pledger. “It's hard to try and stop him if he gets going.

“He runs around a lot. That's what really good shooters do. I know personally that if you get a little bit of separation you have confidence. That's just how things are. It's hard to guard him because he never stops running.”

UP NEXT

The Cowboys, now 13-15 overall and 6-9 in the Big 12, return home for a Saturday game against Texas A&M.

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