OSU basketball: Keiton Page, Cowboys couldn't score enough to overcome dismal first half against Sooners

Keiton Page caught fire in the second half of Wednesday's Bedlam game, but it was too late. The Cowboys only scored 12 points in the first half, and the most they could cut the deficit to was three.
BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com Published: February 22, 2012

With Keiton Page on fire again, Oklahoma State struck for its most points in a half this season.

Only problem, it followed the program's lowest-scoring half … of the Big 12 era.

The Cowboys managed but 12 points — one more than the program's all-time low — through the opening 20 minutes, when they made just 4 of 24 shots from the floor. And while Page heated up and the Cowboys eventually cut an 18-point deficit to three, they couldn't complete the climb, falling 77-64 at Lloyd Noble Center.

The twelve points, better only than the 11 scored against the Sooners in 1965, well, Page didn't see that coming, despite a history of personal and recent team shooting woes in Norman.

“No. No,” Page said.

Said Cowboys coach Travis Ford: “Everybody was 1-for-something in the first half. Every single one of them.”

At least those who made a field goal.

Page made just 1 of 8 shots in the first half. His teammates:

Le'Bryan Nash, 1 for 7.

Brian Williams, 1 for 5.

Markel Brown, 1 for 4.

And the Sooners led 30-12.

“Our intensity was low the first half,” Page said. “They were playing really good defense, took us out of our quick-hitters, our sets. They were denying entry passes. And our shots just weren't falling for us.”

They fell at a furious rate to start the second half.

By the 13:03 mark, the Cowboys had six 3-pointers and had cut the margin to three, 42-39.

“We thought we had a ballgame,” Page said. “We were executing our offense in the second half, driving and kicking, the 3-ball was open, guys were knocking it down.”

Then Page and Williams missed 3s to tie on back-to-back possessions. And soon OU was into a 9-0 run. And later the lead bloomed back to 20 at one point.

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