“It's going to be tough,” Page said, “especially coming from a guy that's wanted to be a Cowboy since he was little.”
Page envisioned so much more for his Cowboys career, which started with consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament. But in his last two seasons, the program went in reverse, although he remained the team's one constant, as a scorer and a leader.
And Page, the consummate Cowboy, refuses to reveal any regrets.
“It's been the best,” Page said, “it's been a fast four years, but it's definitely been the best four years of my life. To play with great, great teammates and then be put in a great opportunity under this coaching staff and great position… just a million memories I'll never forget.”
Page made 8 of 16 shots from the floor and 6 of 12 3-pointers against Missouri, still firing away at the end.
And with 53 seconds left, Ford pulled Page, resulting in quite a scene.
Fans in the Sprint Center, and not just those wearing orange, but black and gold and burnt orange and all the colors of the Big 12, rose to offer a standing ovation.
“That's just straight respect right there,” said OSU redshirt freshman Brian Williams. “He's been around the last four years, distributing baskets, he's on everybody's scouting reports. He's won a lot of big games and beaten a lot of big teams. That will be a big loss for Oklahoma State and the Big 12.”
Page missed the salute as he made his way down the bench, exchanging moments with every Cowboys coach and player.
“I was giving out hugs at that time. But it means a lot,” Page said. “When opposing fans stand up and cheer for you, just out of respect, to know that means a lot.”