“We were back in it,” Ford said. “I knew it took a lot to get back there, though. When you fight back that hard, scoring as many points as we did quickly, and we were defending a little bit better … we missed two 3s to tie it.
“That doesn't hurt you as much as they scored when we didn't. That's what made your shoulders slump a little bit. And that took a lot out of us and it was downhill from there a little bit.”
In the end, the Cowboys fired up 31 shots from beyond the arc, their most this season. And while they hit on 13, it came at a cost, with only eight points coming in the paint, none in the first half.
“It was a rough night,” Williams said. “We made one 3, then people thought they could make the second one. That wasn't the case. We should have gotten the ball inside more.”
Ford, however, didn't seem bothered by the long-ball approach.
“That's human nature,” Ford said. “When you're trying to fight back into the game like that, and you have some guys who can make them shooting them, that's human nature. I wasn't overly upset with that.
“It was one of those things that were working. We need to get more points in the paint, no question, but that's kind of the way the game was going. It was working for us pretty good.”
Page never stopped firing and eventually started making.
All nine of Page's made field goals were 3s, on 17 attempts, with both numbers ranking No. 2 in OSU history.
Of course, eight of Page's 3-pointers came in the second half.
“Is that what he had?” Ford responded when someone mentioned Page's flurry. “Yeah, that's pretty good.”
Only problem, it followed OSU's first half.