Harrick livid with refs, Dawgs fall on the road

Georgia lost Saturday afternoon at Auburn, the worst team in the SEC. And according to Georgia coach Jim Harrick the officiating had a lot to do with it.

With 2:00 left in the game and Georgia tied with the Tigers a fight broke out with Georgia's Steve Thomas and an Auburn player. Both were throw out of the game, and soon thereafter, after another Georgia offensive foul, Harrick was hit with two technical fouls and was himself thrown out of the game. The flurry of fouls against the Dawgs led to six consecutive free throws for Auburn. Georgia really stood no chance after that and fell 75-72.

Harrick was visibly angry after the game. When asked about the official that ejected Thomas, Harrick responded, "he had no idea (what he was calling). It hurt us. They shot 34 free throws and we shot four in the second half."

Harrick went on to add, "I feel like we got mugged."

Harrick was equally as upset with the officials for giving him a technical late in the game. "You just don't do that. It's very weak. It's not the time to do that. You do that in the first half, not late in the game in a February game."

Harrick gave Auburn credit for being ready to play the Dawgs. "They really came out after us. It seemed like it was not meant to be."

But the number one post game topic was Harrick's displeasure with the referees. "It (fouls) dejects your team. Down at the other end we are getting mugged. We could not move without them calling a foul on us"

Thomas' ejection means that he will likely miss at least one half of the game against Florida. But Harrick is not going to stay quite about Thomas' ejection. "I am going to appeal that."

Georgia hosts Florida Tuesday night at 9:00 with the division lead on the line.

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