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February 9, 2014

Ugly loss for Cowboys gets worse with Smart altercation

LUBBOCK, Texas —

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 was wearing a black shirt and 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, 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.

"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."

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 to his feet by one man but then got in the face of Jeff Orr, who travels thousands of miles each year to attend Texas Tech basketball games, according to athletic department spokesman Blayne Beal.

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