Every senior in either college or high school sports know what the last home game of the season is. Senior Night; a night full of jeers, cheers, and probably tears. For Seniors Byron Eaton, Terrel Harris, and Anthony Brown it couldn't come at a better time.
Riding a five game winning streak and a hard push to drive their team into the NCAA Tournament, these three seniors had one thing on their mind, beat Kansas State.
Sitting at 8-6 in conference play the Cowboys were looking to solidify their spot among the top teams by earning fourth place in the conference standings as well as improve their squads 19-9 record under first year head coach Travis Ford.
Kansas State was looking to do the exact same thing. Both sitting at 8-6 in conference play and with a similar overall record (K-State at 20-9) both teams wanted to improve their resumes for the big dance.
As 6:30PM came around Tuesday night Eaton, Harris, and Brown walked into Gallagher-Iba Arena to play their last home games in Cowboy orange and black. Eaton however, was more focused on the event at hand, lead his team past K-State.
Eaton was the deciding factor against number 24 Texas in Oklahoma States last game and it would have it no other way Tuesday night. Eaton led the way with 25 points as every Cowboy starter scored in double figures, but the most impressive number is his free-throw shooting going 15 of 15 from the line.
Harris, sophomore Marshall Moses, and freshman Keiton Page all scored 10 points even though Harris fouled out late in the second half. The Pokes leading scorer James Anderson had 16 points but hit a big three pointer as K-State closed in on the lead.
When the final buzzer rang and the clock showed 0.0, Eaton could finally relax and celebrate as he listened to Cowboy fans chant his name. He carried his teammates to their sixth straight win and a control of fourth place in the Big XII.
In Ford's high octane offense, Eaton is his catalyst and on Tuesday night he showed why. Getting to the rim at will, breaking the traps that K-State players attempted to put him in, and knocking down each and every free-throw he could.
Now, the regular season is coming to a close for Eaton, Harris, and Brown with Bedlam rival Oklahoma next on the schedule. Riding the momentum of a six game winning streak and having their backs against the wall, the Cowboys have nothing really to lose against 5th ranked Oklahoma.
Oklahoma State 20-9 (9-6) have a shot to push its winning streak to seven and continue its control over its own destiny. Eaton and Harris look for to do nothing more than lead their fellow Cowboys into the NCAA Tournament not only for the first time in three seasons but for the first time in their respective Careers.