OSU basketball: Life after 40 goes on as usual for Keiton Page

Page and teammates Markel Brown and Darrell Williams go to Pawnee to watch the Black Bears play Morrison in basketball.
by John Helsley Published: February 21, 2012

Keiton Page celebrated his 40-point game against Texas in typical “Pawnee Pistol” fashion.

Not with some wild night on The Strip.

Not soaking up shout-outs via Twitter (shh, he doesn't have a Twitter account).

Not even with his favorite meal.

No, Page went home – to Pawnee.

“Me and couple of guys, Markel (Brown), Darrell (Williams) and a high school buddy,” Page said, “went to watch Pawnee play a high school game against Morrison.

“I went to my apartment and changed real quick. Went to Chick-fil-A with my mom. She jumped in a car with us and went to Pawnee.”

For Page, life after 40 isn't much different.

And that's been the story since Saturday, when he led the win over the Longhorns, with focus fully flipped now to the next challenge at hand: Oklahoma, the last scheduled Bedlam battle of Page's career.

Oh, fans and family members and teammates haven't let Page's personal peppering of the Longhorns go quietly. That big game, a career-best scoring day, remains the talk and the buzz about the Cowboys, even with the Sooners on deck.

“I have had quite a few people calling me and congratulating me on the win and the big game,” Page said. “Now we have got to put that behind us and get ready for OU.”

Maybe that's bad news for the Sooners.

Page's history against Texas was alarming, with him averaging just 5.0 points a game and totaling 36 points in seven meetings before Saturday, when he took a final shot at the Longhorns.

While the Cowboys guard has enjoyed some big games against OU, averaging 19.2 points in games played either in Stillwater or the Big 12 Tournament, he's never topped seven points in Norman, averaging but 5.3 in three visits to Lloyd Noble Center.

Not just Page, the Pokes haven't fared well in Norman of late, with OSU's last win there dating back to 2004.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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