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OSU basketball notes: For OSU, frantic final seconds failed

BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, Published: January 29, 2011

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…

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