Instead, there were tears of joy on the faces of young and old, women and men alike, after the Lady Raiders capped a storybook women's basketball season by claiming the Division I national championship.
"I always dreamed about getting this far," an emotional Camille Franklin said. "This is still part of my dream, right here on the floor."
Franklin, who played at Tech from 1982-86 and was one of head coach Marsha Sharp's first recruits, stood transfixed, watching the Lady Raiders celebrate their 84-82 victory against Ohio State in the national championship game in The Omni.
"Being here watching it is better than playing," said Franklin, now a high school basketball coach in Las Vegas.
The large, vocal contingent of Tech fans cheered the Lady Raiders' every move for two days, and they kept it up Sunday as Sheryl Swoopes scored 47 points and Krista Kirkland added 14, leading Tech to its first national title in any sport.
"I think we won," Charles Sharp said simply, summing up the afternoon after watching his daughter, Marsha, guide No. 5-ranked Tech to the perfect ending of a 31-3 season.
His wife, Mary Nell, only trusted herself to smile, her tear-streaked face not unlike that of her daughter.
Tech shot 55 percent from the floor, hit seven 3-pointers, canned 19 of 23 free throws and played defense well enough to offset Ohio State's 41-24 advantage in rebounds.
The Lady Raiders survived a comeback by Ohio State, which had trailed 40-31 at intermission and 42-31 early in the second half.
But Swoopes and Kirkland rallied the Lady Raiders. Swoopes scored seven points in the final 21/2 minutes, including a three-point play with 58 seconds to play that pushed Tech ahead 80-73.
"I thought we met every challenge put in front of us," Sharp said. "But maybe the biggest factor was their composure when things weren't going well.
"You know other teams at this level are going to have runs against you. I thought we did a good job of weathering those, maintaining our composure and making good things happen."
In Lubbock, the usually tranquil setting that is Memorial Circle turned chaotic in a hurry.
When the final buzzer sounded Tech's victory against Ohio State, pandemonium erupted at a place usually reserved for quiet, contemplative walks in the evening.
Almost as fast as you can say Shery Swoopes, students, alumni and families converged on this area of campus to voice their approval of Tech's first national championship.
"This is super because finally, for once, Tech is the best," said Mike Frazier, a sophomore from Bedford who climbed the Will Rogers statue and began waving a Red Raider flag in jubilation.
"We've always known it, but now we've proved it to the rest of the nation. I've wanted to be a Tech student since high school, and this is just the icing on the cake. I'm so proud right now."
Young and old alike were sprinkled among a crowd that neared 1,000 and was rapidly growing. Some stayed in their cars, waving and honking; some dived into the fountain; some chose their own little spot to convey a unanimous feeling of accomplishment.
"It was just the spur of the moment that I decided to jump on (the statue)," Frazier said.
Several High Riders were seen at the top of the bell tower, clapping and chanting. Male students dunked their female counterparts in the fountain, and fans reached from car to car to slap a high five with whoever was willing.
"I've lived in Lubbock for 12 years now, and this is the first time Tech has won anything," said graduate student Holle Humphries, who scurried up a tree to get a perfect photo of the scene. "I mean we've won but nothing like this.
"It seems like all of the universities in Texas get all the accolades and never Tech. But here we are in West Texas, and we've just dominated the women's basketball scene."
There were screams of "Raider Power" as students bounced up and down in the backs of pickup trucks. Everyone in attendance agreed that the Lady Raiders' triumph was the best thing to happen to Lubbock in a long time.
"The Lady Raiders have made this city proud," said Christine Ragsdale, a junior from San Saba who was driving around the circle. "I'm going to party tonight. It's going to be really hard to go to class tomorrow, but I guess I will."