Cowboys Suffer Third Consecutive Loss

Life just got a little more difficult for the Oklahoma State basketball team when Keiton Page's last-second shot was blocked at the buzzer. The Cowboys suffered a 75-74 overtime loss to a Texas Tech squad that entered the game with an RPI (ratings percentage index) of 163, which is the worst RPI defeat in Travis Ford's three years as head coach.

The Cowboys entered the game with an RPI of 48, according to, but the loss to the Red Raiders, now 11-11, will be a huge blemish if they hope to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive year under Ford.

The worst RPI loss in the past three seasons prior to Saturday was OSU's overtime loss to Oklahoma, which finished the season with an RPI of 124.

Oklahoma State, now 14-7 and 2-5 in the Big 12, has now lost three games in a row for just the second time in the past three seasons. The Cowboys lost three consecutive games (at Missouri, vs. Texas, and at Texas Tech) in the middle of the Big 12 schedule a year ago. They broke the three-game losing skid by beating Oklahoma.

But ending this three-game skid won't be as easy as the Cowboys host No. 11 Missouri on Wednesday night at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Despite trailing for most of Saturday's game in Lubbock the Cowboys had their chances to win. Page was fouled attempting a three-point shot with 15.3 seconds remaining in regulation and made all three free throws to tie the game 68-68.

OSU freshman Markel Brown rebounded Texas Tech's John Roberson missed three-pointer and passed to Page, who pushed the ball up the floor for a running 30-foot attempt that bounced off the back of the rim as the buzzer sounded to send the game into overtime.

Page's conventional three-point play at the three-minute mark gave the Cowboys a 71-70 lead in overtime. But Roberson scored five consecutive points, including a three-pointer with 53 seconds on the clock, to put the Red Raiders up 75-72.

Page then hit two free throws to pull OSU within 75-74, and the Cowboys had a chance to win it when Singletary threw the ball to Brown while attempting to break the OSU press on the ensuing possession. But Roberson came up with another big play when he stole the ball from Brown, and Nick Sidorakis was forced to foul the Texas Tech senior.

But Roberson missed both free throws with 8.2 seconds on the clock and Page pushed the ball up the floor in hopes of winning the game. But the 5-10 junior guard's jumper from inside the paint was blocked by the 6-5 Singletary as the buzzer sounded to give the Red Raiders their third consecutive victory.

Page broke out of a scoring slump that had seen him score just seven points in back-to-back losses to Baylor and Texas. He led all scorers with 26 points on Saturday, including making 4 of 8 three-pointers and going a perfect 10-of-10 from the free-throw line.

Marshall Moses added 13 points and 8 rebounds, Brown finished with 12 points and a career-best 8 rebounds, and Jean-Paul Olukemi had 11 points before fouling out with 27 seconds left in regulation.

OSU tips off against Missouri at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the nationally televised game (ESPN2).

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