OSU's Keiton Page had carried the Cowboys all day, so it was fitting that he'd try again with the final seconds ticking away in overtime.
Texas Tech figured it fitting as well.
After Tech's John Roberson missed two free throws with :08.2 remaining, leaving the Red Raiders up 75-74, Page raced up the court, worked his way into the lane and tossed up a shot, only to have Mike Singletary reject it.
“He just kept getting closer and closer to the bucket,” said Singletary, “and I didn't know what he was going to do. Is he going to shoot it or dish it off?
“But he went into his shot and my first instinct is, ‘Hey he's 5-9, so I've got to go block this.' That's basically what happened, but he had a heck of a game though.”
Four Tech players were actually focused on Page, but in the frantic finish, Page hoped to either get an open shot or get fouled, which he'd done in cashing in 10 free throws already.
With no time out to set up a play, Cowboys coach Travis Ford had to leave the game in his team's hands.
“With eight seconds, you've got to drive it to the rim,” Ford said. “I was hoping Darrell (Williams) would take it. We probably should have pitched it ahead, because we had four guys…
“But you've got to go. They're not going to foul you. Normally, you should get a good shot.”
UP NEXT: MIZZOU
The Cowboys return home Wednesday to face Missouri in a game set for 8 p.m. and an ESPN2 telecast.
The Tigers entered Saturday night's game at Texas at 17-3 overall and 3-2 in the Big 12.
Page rebounded from one of his poorest outings Wednesday against Texas — 0-for-7 shooting and zero points — to lead the Cowboys at Tech.
He finished with a game-high 26 points, hit four 3-pointers and went a perfect 10-of-10 from the foul line, refocusing on a strategy from earlier in the season.
“I had a horrible game against Texas,” Page said. “One thing coach has been stressing for me is to get to the free throw line. I've been shooting good free throws this year and I haven't been getting to the line enough. That's what I tried to do, get to the free throw line and get something going.”