“He wanted it bad,” Ford said of Brown. “He's Keiton's roommate. They're as close as you can get. That's Mutt and Jeff. They're tight, almost like brothers.
“I think Markel was probably pressing a little bit tonight. I think he was pressing so bad. He was wanting it. You could see it in his eyes during timeouts. Just wasn't his night.”
The Cowboys trailed 30-22 at the half and never got closer than seven after that, although Page and Williams did their best to keep it interesting, combining for seven 3s over the final 20 minutes.
Trouble was, the Jayhawks always had an answer, either from Thomas Robinson or Tyshawn Taylor, who scored 16 of his 27 points in the second half.
“Kansas pulled away by about 10, and we'd make a play and they'd come right back and make a play,” Williams said. “We hit a 3, they hit a 3. We never closed that gap to make it a game.”
Eventually, the game turned into a tribute to Page, who dreamed of playing for the Cowboys as a schoolboy at Pawnee High and leaves as a fan favorite. “It's been a fun four years,” Page said. “It's been the fastest four years, but it's been the best four years of my life.”
Ford made the move to get Page out of the game with :37.6 showing on the clock, rewarding OSU's lone senior with a rousing ovation that extended to KU's Taylor, who walked over and slapped Page on the backside.
“He tough, man. He tough,” Taylor said. “They run a lot of plays for him and pretty much their whole offense goes through him. You've got to be in tune and locked in on him at all times. And he can shoot the rock. If he gets any daylight, he's putting up. And usually it's good. He's a tough guard. I've been playing against him for four years, he's tough.
“When everybody gave him the standing ovation, I clapped it up for him, because he deserves it. Well deserved tonight. It was his Senior Night, and he came out and played well. I'm happy for him.”