Page Shoots Down Cardinal

Christmas Day will be just a little bit merrier around the Page household this year. That's because Keiton Page was nearly unstoppable in scoring 23 points over the final 21 minutes on Tuesday night to lead Oklahoma State to a 79-68 victory over Stanford in a Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series game at Gallagher Iba-Arena.

The 5-foot-9 junior guard missed his first five shots against the Cardinal but it was his three-point buzzer beat right before halftime that gave the Cowboys a 34-33 lead.

Then in the second half the Cardinal couldn't find anyone to slow down Page, who made 6-of-9 field goal attempts (including five three-pointers) in the final 21 minutes of play to lead Oklahoma State to its 11th win in 12 games this season.

"He played really poised. He didn't make as many shots earlier, but as a shooter, sometimes that's what you need (to get going)," said Stanford head coach Johnny Dawkins. "He does a good job of setting up his shot, he's crafty, and he doesn't let his size hold him back."

Page said, "I think that's always how it is for a shooter. Once you see that first one go down, it gives you a little more confidence."

Page hit five of the Cowboys' season-high 11 three-pointers on Tuesday night, as Ray Penn (three), Jean-Paul Olukemi (two) and Nick Sidorakis (one) also chipped in from behind the arc.

Back-to-back threes from Penn and Page gave the Cowboys the one-point halftime advantage, and then they opened the second half by outscoring the Cardinal 14-4 as Page drained a couple of more long threes.

But his biggest shot of the night may have been later after Stanford had pulled within 69-63 with less than two minutes to play. As the 35-second shot click was winding down, Page drained his fifth trey of the night, and nailed down the Cowboys victory in the process.

Oklahoma State now has 10 days off before traveling to Gonzaga for a nationally televised (ESPN2) game on New Year's Eve.


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