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Smart shoves fan in loss to Texas Tech, banned 3 games


STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma State star Marcus Smart has been suspended three games by the Big 12 for shoving a fan in the closing seconds of the Cowboys' loss at Texas Tech on Saturday night.

Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford announced the suspension as he spoke in support of the All-America guard Sunday.

Smart apologized for his actions prior to Ford speaking at the news conference on the Oklahoma State campus.

Ford says Smart accepts his punishment and feels terrible. Smart will miss games against Texas, Oklahoma and Baylor.

Late in Saturday night's game at Lubbock, Texas, Smart shoved Tech fan Jeff Orr with two hands after it appeared the Red Raiders fan said something to the top NBA prospect. Teammates quickly pulled Smart away as he pointed back in Orr's direction.

Marcus Smart Pushes Fan

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Oklahoma State star Marcus Smart shoved a fan behind the basket in the waning seconds of Texas Tech's 65-61 win over the 19th-ranked Cowboys on Saturday night.

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 another fan in a black shirt.

The man appeared to say something to Smart, who then shoved him with two hands. The fan 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 the fan. Smart was called for a technical foul but was not ejected.

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."

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

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, which handed the Cowboys (16-7, 4-6 Big 12) their fourth straight loss.

The fan Smart shoved is Jeff Orr, who travels thousands of miles each year to attend Texas Tech basketball games, according to athletic department spokesman Blayne Beal.

Fans nearby looked stunned - one wide-eyed woman next to Orr covered her mouth and pointed at Smart as he was pulled away.

Smart scored 22 points and Phil Forte had 15 to lead the Cowboys.

The game was tied at 61 when Crockett hit the go-ahead shot with 41 seconds remaining. Oklahoma State's Le'Bryan Nash lost the ball in the lane, and Crockett raced toward the basket at the other end.

Smart knocked the ball away and was called for a foul, then pushed the fan and drew the technical. Dusty Hannahs and Crockett each made one of two free throws for the final margin.

The Red Raiders (12-11, 4-6) earned their second win over a Top 25 team in the past month. They beat then-No. 12 Baylor in January.

The game was tied 13 times and the lead changed 12 times as each team put together runs throughout the game.

Texas Tech dominated inside, getting 32 points in the paint to 22 for the Cowboys.

Smart has had some inconsistent stretches this season, but is considered one of the best all-around players in the country.

The sophomore guard had a fantastic start to the season, leading to speculation that he could be the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft this year. He has struggled at times lately, though, including a four-point game against West Virginia that led to him apologizing to his teammates afterward.

The victory gave the Red Raiders as many Big 12 wins this season as they had the past two years combined.

None of Texas Tech's players had ever played before a sellout crowd at home. The last two at United Spirit Arena came in January 2007, including New Year's Day when former Red Raiders coach Bob Knight got his 880th win to become the winningest coach in Division I.

The Cowboys used a 17-7 run to open the second half, including two 3-pointers from Forte, five points from Nash and six from Smart, to go up 44-36. But the Red Raiders didn't buckle. They used a 9-2 run on baskets by Kader Tapsoba, Randy Onwuasor and Crockett, and a 3-pointer by Onwuasor, to pull to 46-45 with 11:14 remaining.

Texas Tech went up 51-48 on a 3 by Crockett right before Kamari Murphy picked up his fourth foul with 7:47 left.

The Cowboys answered, getting buckets from Smart, Murphy and Forte and culminating with a 3 from Smart to go up 57-54 with 4:31 remaining.

Crockett quickly tied at 57 it with a 3.

The Cowboys struggled early, hitting just one field goal in 11 tries. But Oklahoma State used a 10-0 run, including a dunk by Nash, layups by Smart and Markel Brown and a 3-pointer by Forte, to go up 14-10.

The Red Raiders answered with a 9-2 run that included four points from Crockett and three from Toddrick Gotcher, and an 8-2 run in the final 1:29 of the half to lead 29-27.

Oklahoma State's point total for the half was a season low.

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gtrwarriordon February 09 2014 at 5:39 AM

Little crybaby can't handle the loss. I do wonder what the fan said though. I hope it was delicious.

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lovebrtuck gtrwarriordon February 09 2014 at 5:59 AM

Delicious..... !!! That's a stupid comment..... "Many have lost their lives for "delicious" comments!!! Always take the "high" road and want to best of any situation. He should have not "hit" the Fan... even if he said something that was extremely offensive!!

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Ragman February 09 2014 at 6:35 AM

Just typical THUG mentality no matter what the person in the crowd said. I would like to know what the guy in the crowd said to Smart but that still does NOT justify Smart assaulting the fan.

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GEORGE AVILA February 09 2014 at 1:58 PM

Smart should be punished !
No player should ever put a hand on a fan unless by accident !

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The Canoli King GEORGE AVILA February 09 2014 at 3:48 PM

But he be blick.

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lbrycemaynor February 09 2014 at 9:15 AM

Smart is on the floor, being helped up when he hears something from behind him; he turns around and confronts a man then shoves him. Smart should have ignored whatever he heard, got back on the court and informed the referee if he felt that strongly about it. I know fans can be idiots, but players can't be allowed to assault fans.

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proudmary2x lbrycemaynor February 09 2014 at 9:22 AM

and fans need to attend sports when their can yell, scream , rant, insult, be obnoxious all they want like at a bar.

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jijjhnsn February 09 2014 at 7:53 AM

Excuse for thug moniker. Did anyone notice the old man fan say something to the player first?

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msglinguist jijjhnsn February 09 2014 at 8:03 AM

Does it matter?

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itchy1958 jijjhnsn February 09 2014 at 8:04 AM

Oh no! A fan said something to him? Now that has to be a first! Smart should call his crew and give this trouble maker a serious smak down in order to defend his honor. How dare any fan try to diss a B ball player!

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bklyntackle February 09 2014 at 8:14 AM

So I guess at the next major league baseball game when a player gets booed he goes into the stands and spends the next week beating hundreds od fans with his bat? Sick.These guys have no class whatsoever.Real thugs and low life criminals. Grow up you dumb-asses.

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JUST A DUDE bklyntackle February 09 2014 at 8:22 AM

Hmm, where do you keep your linen these days?

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exmarine409 bklyntackle February 09 2014 at 8:25 AM

Bklyn, you arent an athlete, or you might have a smidgeon of perception of the rudeness of a fan's vocal utterance to diss an athlete's performance....fans ought to just SHUT UP when it comes down to their sense of ownership that they have the RIGHT to expression and expect the athlete to SUCK IT UP....a crude/rude criticism/cynicism is just as crude as physical spit coming out of my mouth in defiance of another human being....and that an athlete who has put out so much during an athletic event is subject to this "fan's" expression of free speech is ridiculous in the true sense of the word: that his verbal response should be subject to RIDICULE for what invective he sent out of his mouth to enunciate his sense of victory by his team over this athlete's team....when in fact, this fan sat on his ass during an athletic endeavor and didnt do more than stare at the performance of two groups of athletes who have more prowess in their little finger compared to this fatt ass excuse of a couch potato who had the temerity to diss this trained,muscular superior athlete....a long harangue i grant u, but fans have NO business critiquing athlete's as if they had an credentials to do so., enuf said.

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michael February 09 2014 at 1:32 PM

This is why I don't follow sports that allow actions like this.

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rlroaddog michael February 09 2014 at 1:42 PM

u ere full of it

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jhbkjy February 09 2014 at 11:06 AM

No doubt something was said, but watch the video. Smart had his back to the fans, stood up turned and went straight to this one fan. With the noise it would have been hard to hear anything and to know where it came from. Remember Ron Artest attacked the wrong fan. So before assuming this fan said something inappropriate know the facts. Will support Jeff Orr unless his comments were racial, Will not support smart in any case, he should have keep his cool.

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gov111w February 09 2014 at 1:21 PM

I think before anyone decides anything ..you have to know exactly what transpired between the two of them.

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rraahh1 gov111w February 09 2014 at 1:38 PM

So make a list of what is or isn't aloud to be said and what entitles a player to go into the stands and assault a fan.... This isn't over yet there's a liability here and I'm sure it will be addressed next week....

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eileen.willard February 09 2014 at 1:21 PM

I just hope at some point we do actually learn the truth about what was said. I fear that the player will be silenced, and we will never know what this guy who has a big support group behind him as the beloved "super fan."

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