With the score tied at 67 and 0.5 of a second left on the clock, Mississippi State's Quinndary Weatherspoon stepped to the line to shoot two free throws after getting fouled by Georgia's Jordan Harris. "(Weatherspoon) might miss the second one". The visiting Mississippi State Bulldogs also had fans present, but because it was not a home game for them, the technical was given to Georgia. Georgia fell to 1-12 in the SEC with their only conference win coming against Vanderbilt, which is winless in league play.
But instead, the intense college basketball game was marred by controversy because some idiot decided it would be cool to throw a stuffed bulldog on the court. Georgia didn't have time to attempt another shot after grabbing the rebound. The shot capped an impressive comeback after the host Bulldogs trailed by 17 points early in the second half.
Mississippi State coach Ben Howland yelled at referees after he watched the sequence unfold, calling for a technical foul. "The first one, the front end, when the thing was thrown out there - that was a huge play, someone throwing a little bulldog".
On defense, Georgia committed a season-low nine turnovers against a Mississippi State team that ranks third in steals in the conference. He is the team's leading scorer at 12.7 ppg followed by fellow sophomore forward Rayshaun Hammonds (12.4 ppg). MS lost 79-64 on the road to SC on Tuesday. "We gave it our all". Anriel Howard did, and it was enough to push No. 6 Mississippi State past Mississippi 80-66. He was fourth on the team with his average of 9.6 points.
It was a much tighter game than Mississippi State might have anticipated but a dominant third quarter helped the Bulldogs pick up their 11th straight victory in the series.
Georgia enters Saturday's game with a 10-16 record.