Georgia, Missouri assistants given technical fouls after scuffle

Georgia, Missouri coaches involved in scuffle (1:19)

Things got heated just before halftime as members from Georgia and Missouri needed to be separated. (1:19)

The game between the Georgia Bulldogs and Missouri Tigers might not impact the SEC standings too much, but don't think the teams don't care.

Or at least their assistant coaches.

Players from both teams got into it beneath the basket just after the halftime buzzer of the Bulldogs' 71-66 victory. Then, as things appeared to be calming down, it got even uglier as two assistants -- Missouri's Steve Shields and Georgia's director of operations Kevin Davison -- went after each other.

From the video it appeared that Davison put his hands on Missouri player Trevor Glassman. Shields, taking offense, went in to defend Davison.

"I didn't see what started it, and I tried to get in and calm people down," Missouri coach Kim Anderson said after the game. "In the second half, we knew they'd make a run, which they did. I'm sure the run was fueled by what happened at the end of the first half."

Said Georgia coach Mark Fox: "Guys got tied up with the ball, but until I see the tape I won't (say anything)."

Officials assessed each coach with an unsportsmanlike technical foul, but no free throws were awarded. Fox and Anderson huddled before leaving the court for the intermission together.

Missouri took a 26-20 lead into the locker room, but failed to hold on as the Tigers lost their sixth consecutive game.

"There was a lot of energy in the building, on our team, the coaching staff, everywhere," said Georgia's Yante Maten, who scored 17 points and had nine rebounds. "It wasn't hard to really find energy to play the game. Sometimes you got to get yourself riled up, but everybody was really riled up at that point during the second half."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.