SEC releases statement following the controversial ending to Georgia, Mississippi State game
If you missed the ending of the Georgia, Mississippi State basketball game in Athens last night, you missed quite the wild scene.
With the game tied at 67 with just 0.5 seconds on the clock and Mississippi State at the line, someone in the stands threw a stuffed animal onto the court. The referees at the game charged Georgia, the home team, with a technical foul. Mississippi State was then given two additional free throws that come standard with a technical foul. MSU made the first one and intentionally missed the second one to end the game with a 68-67 victory.
Following that result, the SEC has released a statement, which was sent to Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald:
“Anytime an object or debris is thrown onto the court there is a potential for a technical foul to be assessed. Issuing a warning after an object is thrown on the playing surface is not required per NCAA Rule 10-2.8, but may be issued at the discretion of the game officials. The game officials are charged with responsibility for determining which team’s follower threw the object on the court. In last night’s game it was the judgement of the officials that the act was committed by a follower of the home team, resulting in a technical foul assessed to the home team.”
So, based on that response, the referees determined the object was indeed thrown by a Georgia fan. Weiszer notes that Georgia AD Greg McGarity has confirmed that it was a Georgia fan that threw the object onto the court.
If you missed the wild scene, here is a video posted by SportsCenter:
With 0.5 seconds to play in a tie game, a fan tossed a stuffed animal onto the court in Georgia.
The Bulldogs were assessed a technical foul. Mississippi St made the FT, and won the game. Wow 🤭 pic.twitter.com/7PNheymQrp
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 21, 2019