Oh, the irony.
Wednesday night in what may have been a must-win game for the Cowboys, point guards Keiton Page and Cezar Guerrero paved the way to a 68-58 double-overtime win over SMU.
Page scored a season-high 27 points, including two vital 3-pointers late in the first overtime to wipe out a six-point deficit. Guerrero added 14 points, with nine coming at the start of the second overtime as the Cowboys outscored the Mustangs 10-0 in the final five-minute period.
“These are two tough kids,” OSU coach Travis Ford said. “Two very coachable (kids).
“I know I've got the guys in there I can go to battle with.”
Before Wednesday, Ford had been battling adversity. Point guards Fred Gulley and Reger Dowell left the program within a week of each other, Gulley over playing time and Dowell because Page had been shifted back to the point.
With the Cowboys getting little consistent production from the position, and the team mired in a three-game losing streak, Ford said he felt it was the natural move to shift Page to the point.
Against SMU, it wasn't always pretty, but it was overall effective.
“Coach Ford's prepared me well,” Page said. “Even though we didn't think I was going to play the point, he's been throwing me in the mix a little bit in practices to get me used to it just in case.
“I'm fine with playing the point. I'll play the 5 if he wants me to play the 5.”
The freshman Guerrero, who burst on the scene with a 29-point effort to spin a Cowboys win over Texas-San Antonio back in mid-November, had been mostly silent since. But the defections mean an expanded role for him, too.
Guerrero, who scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half, showed glimpses of that one brilliant night against UTSA.