Officials Voluntarily Withdraw From Big East Tournament

3 refs in disputed Big East ending withdraw

      NEW YORK (AP) – The three officials cited for two errors in the
final seconds of the St. John's-Rutgers game have withdrawn from
the rest of the Big East tournament.
      Veteran refs Jim Burr, Tim Higgins and Earl Walton missed two
calls – a travel and stepping out of bounds – in the final 1.7
seconds of St. John's 65-63 second-round victory Tuesday.
      The Big East acknowledged after the game the officials blew the
calls. On Thursday, Commissioner John Marinatto said the three
officials have “voluntarily withdrawn” in “the best interests of
those involved.”
      Marinatto called the league's officials a “very dedicated and
loyal group of professionals.” Last year, Burr worked the Big East
semifinals and the Higgins the championship game.
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