Marcus Smart returned to Oklahoma State for all the right reasons this season.
But he may end up remembered for all the wrong reasons.
With his team in a free fall over the past several weeks, Smart shoved a Texas Tech fan in the closing seconds of the Cowboys' 65-61 loss to the Red Raiders last night in Lubbock.
The incident took place after Smart attempted to block Jaye Crockett's dunk attempt from behind and subsequently stumbled out of bounds behind the basket.
Words were exchanged between Smart and Jeff Orr (and well-known Texas Tech supporter who travels to all games), with the player pushing the fan backward after a few moments.
Smart was pulled away by his teammates, earned a technical foul for his actions and was ejected from the game.
An Oklahoma State radio broadcaster claims Orr referred to Smart by the N word.
"I didn't see it yet. I want to make sure I see it and see what happened," Cowboys' coach Phil Ford said, refusing to comment further. "I'm still trying to figure it out."
No Oklahoma State players were made available to reporters after the game.