ATHENS - A couple days later, Mark Fox didn't want to comment on the officiating in Saturday's game at Ole Miss. At least he didn't want to comment publicly.
Fox chuckled when asked on Monday's SEC teleconference what he thought of the final play of regulation, when officials didn't call a foul that would have given Georgia a chance to win the game. Ole Miss went on to win in overtime, 84-74.
"I'll just say I had a chance to review it. And we need to get ready for Arkansas," Fox said, leaving it at that.
Privately, a source said Fox has had or will have discussions with the SEC about some key calls in the game. But such discussions also aren't unusual, as coaches have a mechanism to review any plays with the coordinator of officials.
There were several calls that didn't Georgia's way in the final three minutes of regulation:
- At the 2:57 mark, Georgia led 64-61 and had the ball when Kenny Gaines, trying to keep the ball away from Ole Miss defender Marshall Henderson, was ruled to have elbowed Henderson in the face. Officials didn't initially call the foul, but reviewed the play during the timeout and decided Gaines had hit Henderson. Video of the play did not appear conclusive. But in any case, the result was not only two free throws for Henderson - he made both to make it a one-point game - but a turnover, giving Ole Miss the ball again.
- Seven seconds later, Gaines was ruled to foul Henderson, who was shooting a 3-pointer. Gaines, who had a career-high 13 points at that point, fouled out. Henderson sunk all three free throws, and Ole Miss led 66-64, its first lead in nearly 10 minutes.
- The game was tied with 0.9 seconds left in regulation, when Georgia tried an inbounds alley-oop play. Donte' Williams received the ball near the hoop, but his shot missed as he appeared to receive contact from an Ole Miss contact. No foul was called, and the game proceeded to overtime.