Fan costs Georgia the game by throwing stuffed animal onto court

Mississippi State edged Georgia by 1 point on a free throw with 0.5 seconds left. More

Mississippi State edged Georgia by 1 point on a free throw with 0.5 seconds left. More

Weatherspoon missed the first free throw before referees called a technical foul on Georgia after a fan threw a stuffed animal onto the floor. Weatherspoon was given another free throw - and all the cushion he would need.

Georgia's men's basketball team lost to Mississippi State at home on Wednesday night thanks to a fan who threw a stuffed animal on the court with 0.5 seconds left in a tie game, causing Georgia to get called for a technical foul.

Georgia was given a technical foul and Weatherspoon made the free throw for that technical.

After the cuddly court invasion, Crean rushed to the scorer's table and grabbed the public-address microphone to ask the home fans to cut it out, but it was too late to avoid the technical foul.

Well, this is something we've never seen before. Quinndary Weatherspoon missed the free throw, but there was a problem.

"That's a huge play, someone throwing a little bulldog", Mississippi State coach Ben Howland said. "[Weatherspoon] might miss the second one".

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Weatherspoon successfully made that attempt before missing the third, giving his team the win.

"We were blessed and fortunate".

Georgia was hoping to win its second conference game but instead drops to 1-12 in SEC play and 10-16 overall this season. The shot capped an impressive comeback after the host Bulldogs trailed by 17 points early in the second half.

Georgia led 24-20 before the visiting Bulldogs closed the first half with a 16-1 run capped by 13 unanswered points. Mississippi State then had the ball and attempted a 3-pointer but got fouled.

State had used a 19-0 run to pull away in the final stages of the first half and opening minutes of the second half before the crowd of 7,153.

Harris led Georgia with 13 points. Rayshaun Hammonds had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

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