First, Markel Brown barked at Missouri's Ricardo Ratliff after swatting the Tiger's shot Wednesday night, drawing a technical foul.
Then, with 6:59 remaining in a tight game, the Oklahoma State sophomore drew a second technical, this time for staring down Mizzou's Matt Pressey, the man posterized by a Brown throwdown jam that earned airtime on Play of the Day countdowns across the airwaves. And the two Ts meant an automatic ejection for Brown.
In the days since, there has been much debate about whether Brown deserved the second technical.
Maybe. Maybe not.
“The players said he just looked at him,” Cowboys coach Travis Ford said after the game.
Replays supported that claim.
But Brown's chippiness during games has frequently drawn the ire of officials, putting them on alert to his antics. It's an issue even Ford takes issue with, which is why he pulled Brown off the floor immediately following the first technical.
Fortunately for the Cowboys, they rallied to beat Missouri without Brown, who was playing well. If anything, teammates said, it sparked them.
“Everybody in the gym knows he can jump,” said Le'Bryan Nash, “and he proved that he can score on anybody. That was a great play and that motivated us. Even though he got a (technical) and he got kicked out, that motivated our whole team.”
Said Ford: “That's not the way to motivate your team at all. Coaches do that sometimes, but you don't want a player doing that.
“But we played hard from that point.”
Maybe missing this season's best seven minutes of OSU basketball – and the ensuing on-floor celebration – will finally get through to Brown.
Upon entering the locker room, Brown was the first one to greet the Cowboys.
“He was very remorseful. He felt bad,” Ford said. “But he was also very glad we won.”