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VIDEO: Smart incident mars Red Raiders upset of No. 19 Oklahoma State

Senior forward Jaye Crockett led the way for Tech with 21 points and a season high 12 rebounds.

Posted: February 8, 2014 - 11:26pm  |  Updated: February 9, 2014 - 1:37am
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Oklahoma State's Markel Brown(22) and Phil Forte(13) hold Marcus Smart(33) after Smart shoved a fan during their NCAA college basketball game in Lubbock, Texas, Saturday, Feb, 8, 2014.   Tori Eichberger
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Oklahoma State's Markel Brown(22) and Phil Forte(13) hold Marcus Smart(33) after Smart shoved a fan during their NCAA college basketball game in Lubbock, Texas, Saturday, Feb, 8, 2014.
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Saturday night at United Spirit Arena could eventually end up being one of the most historic nights in Texas Tech basketball’s history.

The Red Raiders upset No. 19 Oklahoma State 65-61 in front of a raucous, capacity crowd of 15,098 fans, and ultimately, time may allow the game to be remembered mostly as Tech’s second big upset of the 2013-14 season.

For the immediate future, however, it will be remembered for the ugly incident that occurred with just seconds remaining that could end up greatly affecting the rest of the season for the Cowboys.

The Red Raiders, up by two, stole the ball and pushed it up the floor with eight seconds to play.

Junior point guard Robert Turner fed senior forward Jaye Crockett who was fouled on the layup on the left side of the floor.

Bigger than that missed dunk was the action under the basket.

Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart, who committed the foul and landed in the stands behind the basket, was on the ground, then suddenly rose to his feet, confronted a fan that was behind him and, after the fan said something, Smart pushed him before being restrained by teammates.

The fan has been identified in a story on the main Texas Tech University website as Jeff Orr, who lives in Waco and travels to most Tech home games and several road contests.

Smart was called for a technical foul and sophomore guard Dusty Hannahs sank one of two free throws to add insurance to Tech’s lead.

Even after the game, Smart continued to scream and complain to officials and coaches and had to be forcibly restrained and removed from the court.

Oklahoma State head coach Travis Ford said he didn’t see what happened with Smart on the baseline.

“I’m still trying to figure it out,” he said.

When asked what Smart told him about the incident, Ford responded, “We’ll discuss it when I find out more about it.”

Tech head coach Tubby Smith also said he didn’t see the incident and neither did Crockett.

After Hannahs made one of two technical free throws, Crockett stepped to the line and made one of two shots to give Tech a four-point lead and seal the win.

Crockett led the way for Tech with 21 points and a season high 12 rebounds.

“Jaye has had a big week,” Smith said. “He had Jaye Crockett Day on Monday. I was glad to see him cap the week off with good play. Jaye’s our best all around player, inside and outside.”

For Oklahoma State, Smart paced the offense with 22 points.

The Red Raiders took advantage of their height, outscoring Oklahoma State 32-22 in the paint.

Smith said he thought his team’s inside presence made a difference.

Senior center Kader Tapsoba and junior forward Jordan Tolbert stepped up for Tech.

Tolbert, after scoring only four points in Texas Tech’s last two games, recorded nine points.

Tapsoba hasn’t played since Tech’s Jan. 22 road game at West Virginia.

He was big on both sides of the court for the Red Raiders, finishing with seven points and three steals.

“I’m really happy for Kader,” Smith said. “He works extremely hard. ... He’s probably our most energetic player. I thought his defensive effort and his scoring, I wasn’t expecting that from him, he really stepped up.”

Tapsoba, however, wasn’t as impressed with his performance.

“To tell you the truth, not much,” he said. “I just did what I could. That’s how it worked out, and I’m happy it did.”

Texas Tech started off strong, jumping out to a 10-4 lead while Oklahoma State struggled from the field, sinking only one field goal in the first 9:14 of play.

However, the Cowboys warmed up, utilizing a 10-0 run to take a four-point lead over the Red Raiders.

During that 6:36 scoring drought, Tech had poor shot selection.

The Red Raiders weren’t able to get the ball down low because they weren’t moving the ball around the perimeter, meaning the Cowboy defense wasn’t shifting.

Texas Tech finished with only one assist in the first half.

With 6:32 left in the first half, Crockett put back an offensive board, sparking a 9-2 run that gave Tech a 19-18 lead.

Tied with Oklahoma State at 27 with 17.7 seconds remaining in the first half and no true point guard on the floor for the Red Raiders, senior guard Jamal Williams took charge and sunk a jumper to put Tech up by two going into the half.

Oklahoma State’s 27 points at halftime was its lowest this season.

The Cowboys held their biggest lead of the game, eight points, with 13:47 left in the game before the Red Raiders went to work and eventually tied it up three-and-a-half minutes later with a free throw by Tapsoba.

Three-pointers were huge for Texas Tech in the waning minutes of the game.

After starting out 0 for 7, the Red Raiders went 5 for 6 from behind the arc.

 

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Amazing

- "The fan has been identified in a story on the main Texas Tech University website as Jeff Orr, who lives in Waco and travels to most Tech home games and several road contests."

That's is a true fan. Traveling from waco to see most of Texas Tech home games. We need a motivational poster with this guys picture on it.

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Suspend Smart a game and cry Pokes fans

Marcus isn't very Smart. No excuses. You can never touch a fan. Every home crowd talks trash. Britney Griner heard it every game. Get over it Okie Lite. Smart is frustrated because the Cowboys season is over and negative. Suspend Smart for a game and think about the season you choked away. Doug Gotlieb stole a credit card in college. Not very Smart either.

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Not just this post

It seems there are many posters in Lubbock that have to blame everything on politicians. This occurs on both sides of the aisle and is ridiculous.

The comment about Obama and the liberal media being involved in the televising of the opening ceremonies is equally as bad as this.

While I do not agree in any way with his comments, I will defend Facts's right to make them. It is called the First amendment.

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Come on, man

It is time for a double come on man. First for the Okie State player who deserves the Big 12 twit of the month award, even if it's only the 9th. Second for the people on this thread who leapt from sports to politics, whether about Michelle Obama or Dick Cheney or whoever. Not everything is or should be political, and dragging politics into everything is tendentious, tiresome, and rather pathetic. We have to pay attention to politicians enough as it is without bringing them up when we don't have to.

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What Orr said

It is being reported that Orr told Smart to "Go back to Africa". If this is the case, he should be banned from all Tech sporting events for life.

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poor officiating

Continuing the recent downward trend of Big-12 officiating, the officials allowed a player who went into the stands and attacked a fan to remain in the game. If, as claimed, the officials did not have jurisdiction, then the entire structure of officiating is flawed and must be revised. It seems ludicrous to say that the officials have the authority to call a technical foul when the player enters the stands and shoves a fan, but then the officials don't have the authority to eject the player for the same offense.

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y'all

will have more fun going here: http://deadspin.com/oklahoma-state-star-marcus-smart-shoves-opposing-fan-in-1519195538 to read about this incident. Better writing, video, snappier comments, and some background on the fan.

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KirkUSA

Regardless of Orr's support of the basketball team, if he said what is being alluded that he said, then we don't need him. Why is he talking trash to / with a college student anyway? Isn't he old enough to know better?

Along with Smart, he managed to take the focus away from a great effort by the Tech basketball team. What a shame. Yeah, great fan.

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FactsrFacts and Orr - Possibly same person/related

What we don't need at this University is the stereotype that we are racist or tolerate this type behavior. Tech needs to move quickly to have the link about Orr being the "super fan" removed until we find out what happened for sure. If found to be true,he might have bitten off more than he imagined with his prank.

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Sometimes

The moniker a person gives themselves will tell the whole story. Outside that post ... back on topic ... A player on the court has to walk away from that kind of verbal abuse, not because some jerk might not warrant a thumping. But because you will be challenged to lose your cool from now on from another jerk playing the 6th man. Especially at the next level. Every arena carries a jerk or four.

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I won't use

mr here as mister is a sign of respect. Rabid fan Orr clearly say "go back to Africa". He is disgusting.

I praise the TTU roundballers and Coach & staff for a great win.

For all of you "fair-weather-fans", shame on you for only attending Conference Games against ranked foes.

Just think. If 15098 fans can energize those kids in that game, what would the team be able to accomplish with a crowd like that every game?

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