It was a rough night for Cowboys freshman Le'Bryan Nash, who struggled through a 3-of-15 shooting night and injured his left arm.
Nash continued to play in the second half, but his arm swelled after the game and he left Lloyd Noble Center in a cast and is due to undergo X-rays.
“We're a little worried about him,” said OSU coach Travis Ford. “We'll see how it is. He hurt his arm early in the second half. We were taking him in and out a little bit. But he couldn't hardly raise his arm. He's pretty swollen, so we'll see.”
NORMAN: NO-WIN ZONE
Senior Keiton Page did his best to shoot the Cowboys back into Wednesday night's Bedlam clash in Norman, firing in eight second-half 3-pointers and finishing with 29 points, which before his 40-point outburst against Texas on Saturday, represented his career high.
But in the 77-64 loss, Page left Norman winless in four trips as a Cowboy.
“Regardless of where you play, when it's OSU-OU, it's always going to be that kind of game,” Page said, “it's always going to be a tough atmosphere, a tough game.”
Personally, Page erased some demons.
Before Wednesday, he hadn't scored more than seven points in Lloyd Noble Center, averaging just 5.2 points in three previous visits and shooting poorly.
It took him a half, but Page warmed to the arena in the second half.
“Once he gets going, he really gets going,” said OU guard Steven Pledger. “It's hard to try and stop him if he gets going.
“He runs around a lot. That's what really good shooters do. I know personally that if you get a little bit of separation you have confidence. That's just how things are. It's hard to guard him because he never stops running.”
The Cowboys, now 13-15 overall and 6-9 in the Big 12, return home for a Saturday game against Texas A&M.
Tip time is 1 p.m.
The Aggies are 13-14 and 4-11 after losing at home, 66-58, to Kansas on Wednesday night.
A&M beat the Cowboys 76-61 in College Station earlier this season.
TALE OF TWO HALVES
Offensively, the Cowboys produced drastically different halves.
After scoring just 12 points in the opening 20 minutes, they rallied with a season-high 52 after intermission.
“They took away some of our first and second options,” Ford said of the first half. “We just sort of stood around after that. All the things we've been working on and doing well… we didn't do it.
“It's not that we can't do it, we've proven we can do it. We've just got to figure out why we didn't do it.”
More than the points, Ford was looking for a different mode over the final 20 minutes.
“Second half, I wanted to see that mentality,” Ford said. “How you approach the game and how you play it. We did better in the second half.
“I'm disappointed with how we played, but I'm not upset with our team.”
* Page had never attempted a free throw in his three previous trips to Lloyd Noble Center. On his first try Wednesday night, he missed, ending a string of made foul shots at 35, the fourth-longest streak in school history. He finished 2 of 4 from the line.
* Page's nine 3-pointers made and 17 3-pointers attempted both rank as the second-most in a single game in school history, surpassed only by Randy Rutherford's 11-of-19 performance against Kansas in 1995. Page now has 275 treys in his career, just five shy of moving past Rutherford for the all-time career three-pointers made record.
* With 29 points against Oklahoma, Page moved up four spots on the career scoring list. He now has 1,543, moving past Ronnie Daniel (1,519 points), Ivan McFarlin (1,526), Rutherford (1,541) and Matt Clark (1,542).