After living through two lengthy losing streaks his final two seasons, Davis' final game at Lloyd Noble Center was a 64-61 win over rival Oklahoma State.
“It was a thank you Jesus,” Davis said of his ceiling toss. “With everything that's been going on, our losing streak, with people doubting us... to finally get a win at home, for me individually on senior night, it was a relief. It was a wonderful thing to get.”
Davis scored a game-high 22 points. But his biggest play was his last one. On defense.
After teammate Cameron Clark made one of two free throws with 16.2 seconds left, the Cowboys tried to get Keiton Page a good look at a potential game-tying 3-pointer.
Hounding Page, Davis fought through screens. With time running out, Davis still stuck to him, Page was forced to pass to Reger Dowell, who missed a 3-pointer.
“I knew Cade wanted him,” said OU coach Jeff Capel. “He did a great job of not letting Keiton get a shot off. Keiton has made so many big shots in that situation. And in scouting (reports) he's done a good job, pump-faking and getting fouled.”
Davis, from Elk City, is finishing his career playing his best basketball. He's never scored more than 25 points but has averaged 20.8 the past five games.
In Saturday's win, Davis grabbed a team-high six rebounds. He was 10-of-13 at the line, including two free throws with 41.7 seconds left to give OU a 63-59 lead.
“With Cade being from (Oklahoma), and it being Bedlam, I knew it meant a lot for him,” said guard Steven Pledger. “I was going to come out and do my best for Cade. Today is Cade's day.”
Davis hopes to play overseas.
After his post-game interview, OSU coach Travis Ford stopped Davis in the hallway.
“He's definitely a winner,” Ford said. “I've told a lot of pro scouts lately about this kid. Somebody needs him on their team. He's a winner.”
Led by Davis, the Sooners (13-17) have matched last year's win total and finished a game better in league play (5-11) with a lot less talent.
“I was concerned he was going to be too jacked up,” Capel said. “Some guys on Senior Day, they want to do well so bad. He did a really good job of letting the game come to him. Obviously he was very emotional... He did a really good job of trying to stay in the moment.”
The moment will be one he remembers the rest of his life.
Early in the week Davis said the Elite Eight game with North Carolina his sophomore year and a game at Kansas his freshman year ranked at the top.
Saturday's win will rank near the top.
“It was a mixture of a lot of things bottled up, a lot of emotion, the losing streak,” Davis said. “To finally win one, this being my last home game, this being Bedlam, what a great way to end it.”