Coaches were involved in a fight that broke out at halftime of the Missouri vs. Georgia basketball game Saturday at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens.
At the end of the first half of Georgia’s 71-66 win over Missouri, Tigers forward Jordan Barnett missed a 3-point attempt that would have extended Missouri’s lead to 29-20.
Georgia junior forward Yante Maten grabbed the rebound and the buzzer sounded, signaling the conclusion of the half, a bad one for Georgia in both phases of the game.
The teams were set to go to their respective locker rooms. However, Missouri guard Jordan Geist tried to grab the ball from Maten’s hands. The two wrestled for the ball, and a scuffle with plenty of shoving and shouting broke out between the teams as a result.
“I think some guys were tied up with the ball and then unfortunately it was right there at the half, so everybody was leaving the court,” head coach Mark Fox said. “That’s just an emotional incident.”
The two teams were separated after a minute or so, with Georgia director of basketball operations Kent Davison and Missouri assistant coach Steve Shields having to be pulled away by fellow assistants.
Georgia’s players were instructed Fox not to comment on the incident after the game and instead differ to him. Fox said he doesn’t know what happened, and would have to watch film of the scuffle before he did.
Missouri head coach Kim Anderson also said he didn’t see what happened during the incident, or what sparked it in the first place.
“I tried to get in and break it up,” Anderson said. “I don’t know if break it up’s the right word, but tried to calm people down.”
Fox and Anderson hugged after the incident.