OSU star Smart shoves fan in loss to Texas Tech

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 9, 2014 at 2:36 am •  Published: February 9, 2014
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LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Marcus Smart hustled back on defense to prevent a dunk and went careening into the crowd behind the basket. He was helped to his feet with only seconds remaining and No. 19 Oklahoma State on its way to a fourth straight defeat.

That's when all the trouble started.

Suddenly incensed, Smart got in the face of a Texas Tech fan who appeared to say something to the star guard. Smart shoved him with two hands.

The man stumbled backward a bit, but didn't fall. Teammates quickly pulled Smart away from the fracas, and he pointed back in the direction of the fan.

Smart was called for a technical foul but was not ejected. He remained on the bench until the final buzzer.

As fans stormed the court to celebrate Texas Tech's 65-61 win Saturday night, Smart was escorted off the floor by a man wearing Oklahoma State colors — with a uniformed police officer trailing right behind.

A unanimous selection to the preseason All-America team, Smart could now face discipline from the Big 12. Texas Tech spokesman Trenten Hilburn said John Underwood, the conference's associate commissioner for basketball, said the league would review the situation.

"I didn't see it yet. I want to make sure I see it and see what happened," Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford said after the game. "I'm still trying to figure it out."

No Cowboys players were made available to reporters after the game.

Smart tried to block Jaye Crockett's dunk attempt from behind with 6.2 seconds to go and tumbled into the front row of the crowd.

He was helped up by one man but then went after another, Jeff Orr, who travels thousands of miles each year to attend Texas Tech basketball games, according to athletic department spokesman Blayne Beal.

Smart pushed Orr, and fans nearby looked stunned — one wide-eyed woman next to Orr pointed at Smart as he was pulled away.

Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith said he turned away from the play and didn't see the altercation.

"You really have to find the film to see what happened," he said. "I assume the officials saw what happened. That's why he got a technical out of it. The frustration when you're losing sometimes on a losing streak, I've been there before, it can be tough. I'm sure he regrets doing that, whatever he did, so things like that happen in the heat of the battle."

Crockett scored 21 points and tied his season high with 12 rebounds to lead Texas Tech.

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