“I had some good friends that I was college roommates with and we sat near courtside, and I've never heard that in a Lubbock game,” Sollberger said.
“But players, I'm sure, hear a lot more than I hear. I was there for four or five years, so I don't doubt that happens, and I feel bad that it happens. I hate for Lubbock to have that kind of reputation because I think it's a great place.”
Moore resident Kelly Archer is a 1995 Texas Tech graduate who also attended Wednesday's game. He coached college basketball for more than 20 years — 16 as the men's coach at Hillsdale Free Will Baptist in Moore and five as the women's coach at St. Gregory's in Shawnee.
“It was unfortunate,” Archer said. “I thought the fan misrepresented Texas Tech and really put a cloud over the institution. I know that players have to deal with verbal abuse. It's just part of the game, so I was shocked that he reacted like that. He was pushed into a corner and he's kinda had a tough year, so it was a tough time for him. Everything just boiled up for Marcus.”