In the midst of significant struggles, the Oklahoma State basketball team has been dealt another blow.
Backup point guard Stevie Clark was arrested early Sunday morning, marking his second run-in with the law this year and again bringing into question his status with the fading Cowboys.
The 19-year-old freshman from Oklahoma City was taken into custody shortly before 1 a.m. after police received a call about a man urinating out of a vehicle window, according to the Stillwater Police Department.
Clark was released from the Stillwater City Jail a few hours later after posting bond, a jailer said. Capt. Randy Dickerson said a report about the incident would not be complete until Monday morning.
The City of Stillwater website indicates a municipal citation for outraging public decency carries a $249 fine.
Coach Travis Ford has not commented on the latest incident involving Clark, who has missed five games this season because of suspensions. Most recently, he was absent for the Big 12 opener against Kansas State after his Jan. 1 arrest in Edmond on a complaint of marijuana possession.
After police pulled over the car in which Clark was riding because of a seat-belt violation, the officer noticed pieces of marijuana in Clark's lap and discovered a half-filled blunt also was in the car, according to the report from Edmond Police.
The driver told police Clark was rolling the blunt for the other two passengers to smoke while they were taking Clark to Stillwater for OSU basketball practice. Clark and the driver were arrested and booked into jail, but neither has been charged, records show.
In a separate situation, Clark was sent home from a four-game nonconference swing in Florida for undisclosed disciplinary reasons.
While averaging 5.3 points and 2.7 assists in 16 minutes a game, Clark has been a valuable asset, particularly when the Cowboys have gotten into foul trouble. Two of OSU's five losses occurred while he was suspended.
"(Having Clark) allows us to move guys around a little bit more, gives you a little more versatility and guys a little more rest," Ford said after Clark's return from the one-game suspension.
"We got really, really tired at Kansas State late in the game. ... He's able to spare some guys some rest, even when they're in the game."
OSU, which has lost three of its last four games, doesn't have much depth as it is. Already down a man in injured Michael Cobbins, the team has seven players contributing more than seven minutes a game.
In Saturday's loss to Baylor, only four players made a basket and Clark's late free throw was the team's only scoring production off the bench.
With or without Clark, the tests keep coming as OSU tries to stay afloat in a loaded conference. In a Big Monday matchup, the Cowboys host an Iowa State squad that also is 4-4 in league play and has experienced similar issues with inconsistency.
"We've got to regroup quick," Ford said Saturday.
"We don't have time to feel sorry for ourselves. It's good that you get an opportunity get back on the court."
OSU to honor Sutton
Legendary former coach Eddie Sutton will return to the court named in his honor Monday night, when Oklahoma State celebrates his life and career.
Eddie Sutton Night, one of several events planned for the 75th-anniversary season of Gallagher-Iba Arena, will include a halftime ceremony as well as various in-game videos honoring Sutton.
Among those scheduled to attend are more than a dozen of Sutton's former players from his head-coaching tenure in Stillwater (1990-2006).
World Staff Writer Samantha Vicent contributed to this report.
No. 8 OSU vs. Iowa State
8 p.m. Monday
Gallagher-Iba Arena, Stillwater
Radio: KFAQ am1170
ISU (16-4, 4-4 Big 12)
OSU (16-5, 4-4)
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