OSU coach Travis Ford has now gone through four Senior Nights in Stillwater, but Keiton Page is the first Cowboy he coached from his freshman through his senior season.
Ford admitted that made Monday's festivities a little bit more emotional.
“He and I have gotten to be very close,” Ford said. “Somebody who I've got an enormous amount of respect for. Somebody who I love dearly. Somebody who I care for. It's developed, as much as it can between a player and coach, (into) a friendship. And it will develop even more as a friendship as we move on.
“I was not looking forward to this.”
Before Page was honored in front of the crowd at Gallagher-Iba Arena, Ford showed the Cowboys a highlight reel of the 5-foot-9 guard, starting from his freshman year and building up to his senior year.
“It was fun to kind of watch things go by,” Ford said. “(He) just always responded to the challenge. I'm so proud of him, because it was his dream to play basketball here.”
MORE SENIORS, TOO
While Page is OSU's lone senior player, five team managers were honored on Senior Night along with the Cowboy standout.
Josh Harris, Broken Arrow; Barrett Reed, Dallas; Jarin Janecka, Cypress, Texas; Stephen Lewelling, Oklahoma City; Jacob McLafferty, Stillwater.
The Cowboys close out the regular season Saturday at Kansas State.