LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — It had been seven years since Texas Tech drew a sellout crowd at home. The arena was packed Saturday night, though, and that fueled the Red Raiders to their second win over a Top 25 team in less than a month.
Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith was ecstatic about the 65-61 victory over No. 19 Oklahoma State and said it was "amazing" to see the building full.
"We've been an underdog in every game we've played pretty much and we finally found a way to win," he said. "I think it validates that we're moving in the right direction and I think the fans feel that and the administration feels that and I feel that way, and our players are starting to believe and play with that type of confidence. We believe we can play with anyone."
Jaye Crockett scored 21 points and tied his season high with 12 rebounds to lead Texas Tech, which handed the Cowboys (16-7, 4-6 Big 12) their fourth straight loss. But things got wild in the waning moments, when Oklahoma State star Marcus Smart shoved a fan behind the basket.
Smart tried to block Crockett's dunk attempt from behind with 6.2 seconds to go and tumbled into the front row of the crowd.
He was helped to his feet by one man but then got in the face of another, Jeff Orr, who travels thousands of miles each year to attend Texas Tech basketball games, according to athletic department spokesman Blayne Beal.
Orr appeared to say something to Smart, who then shoved him with two hands. Orr stumbled backward a bit but didn't fall.
Teammates quickly pulled an angry Smart away from the fracas, and he pointed back in the direction of Orr. 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 win, 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 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.
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."