English leads No. 5 Missouri past Oklahoma State
Undersized and maybe not as quick as many opponents, Keiton Page
still fought his heart out game after game and made more 3-pointers
than any other player in Oklahoma State history.
Now comes the hard part. After an 88-70 loss to No. 5 Missouri
on Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament,
Page was looking at the probable end of his college career.
”It’s going to be tough (to take off the jersey), especially
coming from a guy who wanted to be a Cowboy ever since he was
little,” Page said. ”It’s been a fast four years, but it’s been
the best four years of my life.”
When coach Travis Ford took him off the court with about 48
seconds left, thousands of people in the Sprint Center, many
wearing other school colors, gave him a standing ovation.’
”That doesn’t surprise me,” Ford said. ”If you love the game
of basketball, then you love Keiton Page because he’s what it’s all
about. And if you don’t like Keiton Page, then there’s something
wrong with you. I mean, there really is.”
The loss sent the Cowboys home with a 15-18 record.
”To play with great, great teammates and then put in a great
opportunity under this coaching staff – just a million memories
I’ll never forget,” said Page, who scored a team-high 22
Missouri, in the meantime, barreled into the semifinals on the
heels of one of its best halves of the season. Kim English scored
21 of his 27 points in the first half and led a 26-5 run that put
the Tigers firmly in control.
Marcus Denmon added 24 points and Phil Pressey had 12 assists,
one short of a school record for the Tigers (28-4).
Many fans are hoping for a showdown with archrival and No. 3
Kansas in the title game Saturday.
”We are in Kansas City, Missouri,” said Denmon, a KC native.
”This is home for me. Missouri fans come out well too.”
The Tigers also outrebounded the Cowboys 40-20.
”We were slow motion,” Ford said. ”They were fast
The game-seizing run in the first half, Ford said, started with
”Their defense was just stifling. They played with such great
energy. We were tired. I could see it. They’re a veteran,
experienced, physically tough basketball team. They might not be
the tallest team, but they are a physical team. We’re just the
opposite. We’re young. And they were playing to their strengths.
Their defense led to offense.”
Brian Williams had 21 points for the Cowboys.
”We fought adversity against one of the best teams in America
that was playing great,” Ford said. ”When they’re playing to
their strength, there are not many teams better in this
It was 6-all when English drilled a long 3-pointer and set the
rout in motion as the Tiger overwhelmed one of the four teams that
beat them in the regular season. English had 10 points in a 15-0
spree to stake the Tigers to a 21-6 lead.
With 3:08 left in the half, English had 21 points and had
personally outscored the Cowboys, who trailed 41-17 after English
grabbed Matt Pressey’s pass and dropped it through the net for his
ninth field goal. Phil Pressey at that point had eight assists and
five steals in just 6 minutes.