STILLWATER — Keiton Page, on his night, Senior Night, put the magic in motion early with two quick 3-pointers.
Page's first long ball tied him with Randy Rutherford for the most 3-pointers in Oklahoma State history; the second secured the record and an 8-4 Cowboys lead over No. 4 Kansas.
And a big crowd in Gallagher-Iba Arena was clearly wishing and wanting and willing it to continue.
Then the Jayhawks dismissed any bubbling belief in fairy tales, charging ahead soon enough and leading the final 34-plus minutes – often by double digits – before winning 70-58 on Monday.
Still, somehow, it remained Page's night.
KU had a hard time dismissing Cowboy hopes, mainly because it never foiled Page's feel-good home finale, with OSU's favorite Pawnee product going for a game-high 29 points and firing in seven 3s, even trending on Twitter at one point. Not that he'd know, since he hasn't joined in on the Twitter craze just yet.
“He's great,” said Jayhawks coach Bill Self. “I don't think we did an unbelievable job defending him, but I didn't think it was awful.
“The career he's strung together is pretty good. What is he, in the top seven in scoring? And he's all-time leader in minutes? And all-time leader in 3s? That's unbelievable. What a career. And he was fabulous tonight.”
As good as Page was – he made 10 of 19 shots from the floor and 7 of 14 from long range – the Cowboys didn't get enough from everybody else. Aside from Brian Williams, who finished strong to score 20, only two other Pokes even managed to score. Markel Brown scuffled to manage seven points on 2-of-9 shooting and Cezar Guerrero contributed two points off the bench.
The rest of the Cowboys: nada.
Michael Cobbins missed all five shot attempts, and Philip Jurick, Marek Soucek and Christien Sager didn't get one off.
“In this league period, but even more when you're playing against a top team in the country, you've got to bring your A game,” said Cowboys coach Travis Ford. “Especially our team, everybody's got to contribute. It wasn't the best night for some of our guys.
“But that happens. It wasn't because they didn't play hard, they wanted it so bad. Maybe too much, as far as wanting to play hard for Keiton.”
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