Oklahoma State basketball: Marcus Smart loses cool, pushes fan in Cowboys' loss to Texas Tech

The Cowboys lost at Texas Tech. Marcus Smart lost his cool, if not more, shoving a fan at packed United Spirit Arena. And now Oklahoma State's season, already teetering in trouble, may have tipped completely Saturday in Lubbock.
by John Helsley Published: February 8, 2014

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.”

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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