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Big East Refs Have ‘Voluntarily Withdrawn’ After Mistakes

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Controversy marred the end of the St. John’s-Rutgers game and has resulted in three officials being cited for two errors and being withdrawn from the rest of the Big East tournament.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 On Thursday, Commissioner John Marinatto said the three officials have “voluntarily withdrawn” in “the best interests of those involved.”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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