LUBBOCK, Texas — The Cowboys lost at Texas Tech. Marcus Smart lost his cool, if not more.
And now Oklahoma State’s season, already teetering in trouble, may have tipped completely Saturday in Lubbock.
Texas Tech 65, OSU 61.
The Cowboys led 57-54 with 4:31 to play Saturday night, but the Red Raiders scored on their final six possessions to secure the win before a sold-out United Spirit Arena.
After Jaye Crockett hit a baseline 16-footer with 39 seconds remaining to put Tech ahead 63-61, Le’Bryan Nash turned the ball over, dribbling into trouble, then falling to the floor in the lane on the offensive end. With the Red Raiders on the break, Crockett was fouled and play extended out of bounds. Texas Tech fan Jeff Orr, who was seated behind the basket, said something to Smart. Smart then shoved the fan, receiving a technical foul.
Even when the game was over, OSU officials struggled to contain a shouting and screaming Smart, who had to be escorted off the floor.
The Cowboys lost for the fourth straight time, falling to 16-7 overall and 4-6 in the Big 12.
And now Smart’s status going forward is in question, with a suspension possible, whether internally from coach Travis Ford or the Big 12 office.
After the game, Ford offered little insight, saying he hadn’t seen a replay yet.
“I’m still trying to figure it out,” Ford said.
Pressed further, Ford said: “I don’t know what happened yet.”
Asked if he’d talked to Smart about the incident, Ford said “a little bit.”
And, “We’ll discuss it when I find out more.”
And when Ford sees more.
But Smart clearly shoved the fan, with video of it quickly being replayed on networks and making its way on Twitter. As he returned to the bench area, Smart complained to Ford and officials about what the fan had said to him.
Because of postgame media responsibilities, Ford said he hadn’t had a chance to see the play.
“I didn’t see that. I didn’t see it yet,” Ford said. “I want to make sure I see it and make sure what happened.”
The Big 12 office said it will investigate the incident Sunday.
Texas Tech improved to 12-11 and 4-6.
Like most of OSU’s games of late, it was a grind throughout.
Against a team that’s one major accomplishment this season was beating a scuffling Baylor team at home.
Even when the Cowboys put together a spurt, taking as much as a seven-point lead in the second half, they couldn’t maintain any momentum or manage key stops.
In crunch time, it was the Red Raiders who made the critical shots.
OSU committed 15 turnovers, leading to 19 Tech points. And Markel Brown, Brian Williams and Kamari Murphy combined for 12 points.
And the Cowboys’ slump continues to worsen.
“Heads were kind of hung a little bit,” Brown said of the postgame locker room scene. “A four-game losing streak. We just lost to Texas Tech, my first time to lose to them.
“Kind of down right now. But we’ve got to pick it right back up. We’ve got another game Tuesday on the road again. We’ve got to find a way to get the win.”