OSU basketball notebook: Keiton Page's pump-fake baffles Le'Bryan Nash

BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com Published: February 19, 2012

Twice Saturday, as he's done all season, Keiton Page lured defenders into fouls on pump-fake 3-pointers.

Both times, he made all three foul shots, part of his 20-for-20 day at the free throw line and 40-point performance in a 90-78 win over Texas.

“I'm like: ‘Why do guys jump? You're 5-9, I'll just put my hands straight up and make you try to shoot over me,'” said Cowboys freshman Le'Bryan Nash. “But guys who play my position, they make defensive mistakes. He looks for those defensive mistakes.

“And I'm glad they're calling it for him.”

Nash had a trip to the line for three foul shots Saturday, not off a fake, but an attempted 3.

Might he adopt Page's ploy?

“I don't think it would work for me,” Nash said. “I'm not that good of a shooter for guys to jump up on my pump fake. But I'm going to try it one day. Maybe it'll work.”

BREAKTHROUGH SATURDAY

With the win over the Longhorns, OSU won for the first time all season on a Saturday.

Before the Texas game, the Cowboys were 0-9 on Saturdays, 0-6 in the Big 12.

UP NEXT

The Cowboys visit OU Wednesday, with tip time 7 p.m. in Norman.

OSU beat the Sooners in Stillwater, 72-65, back on Jan. 9, but hasn't won in Norman since 2004.

The Sooners have lost six straight in the Big 12 and eight of nine, falling to 13-13 overall and 3-11 in the conference. OU lost 80-69 at Iowa State on Saturday.