Big East Commissioner Dave Gavitt, responding to charges by Pittsburgh basketball coach Paul Evans that Georgetown Coach John Thompson has intimidated officials, said yesterday that he didn't think any officials in his conference were intimidated by Thompson, and that officials and teams have done a good job controlling themselves in the past two seasons.

Evans also called Thompson "more powerful" than Georgetown's president and athletic director. His comments came after Wednesday night's 62-57 Georgetown win at Capital Centre. During the game, a first-half fight occurred between Georgetown's Mark Tillmon and Pittsburgh's Jerome Lane. Tillmon was ejected. There were 44 fouls called in the game, as well as technicals on Evans and Thompson.

In interviews on Pittsburgh television, Evans said he felt officials Larry Lembo, James Burr and Jody Sylvester "lost control of the game." Evans was hit with two technical fouls with 29 seconds left in the game after calling for a traveling violation against Georgetown's Bobby Winston.

Thompson received a technical with seven seconds to play.

"I think John got away with his intimidation again," Evans said. "He walks out on the middle of the floor and there's no technical. I walk across the line with 22 seconds to play, and not say anything, and he's {Burr} going to 'T' me, after we have a travel at midcourt."

Evans wanted the traveling call after Georgetown pulled down a key offensive rebound late in the game. He was called for two technicals, one by Burr, the other by Sylvester. Thompson was assessed his technical (also after leaving the coaches' box) to protest that the game clock had not moved while Pittsburgh had possession of the ball.

Asked if something had to be done about Thompson, Evans said, "Definitely. He's more powerful than the president {the Rev. Timothy Healy}, he's more powerful than the A.D. {Frank Rienzo}. The A.D. scheduled a game with Maryland. But John didn't want to play the game."

(Rienzo and Maryland Athletic Director Lew Perkins had discussed playing a Maryland-Georgetown game last month. Perkins has said that Thompson vetoed the idea, although both Perkins and Rienzo also said the idea for the game never went past the talking stage. The schools never began specifying details for playing.)

Yesterday, Gavitt said, "I obviously don't think that there's intimidation of officials by John or anyone else in the league. It's a tough league . . . that was a tough game. I coached for 21 years, so I understand the emotions involved."

Gavitt reviewed the tape of the game, and said he thought the officials "did a pretty good job of handling the game." He said the league hadn't had a fight such as Wednesday's since January 1985.

"The only thing you can do is try to ask the coaches to control their players and the officials to control the game," Gavitt said. "When you play 80 games a year, it's a little hard not to think there {aren't} going to be some bumps and bruises."

Reached last night, Thompson said of Evans' comments on the officiating, "You can record that same message and play it back. Paul was saying the same thing last year. Every time he loses a game he says the same thing."

Thompson said "we both have to share the blame" for the fight between Tillmon and Lane; Tillmon, who "got excited when the young man grabbed the ball," and Lane, "the first neutral person that got involved.

"I think we made some mistakes in the game," Thompson said. "And that's my responsibility, and I'll have to discuss it with the kids afterward."

On Evans' comments on his power over Healy and Rienzo, Thompson said, "I'm glad to have all of this power I have, because I can think of a helluva lot of things other than basketball to use it with. I hope they make me aware of it.

"I think people, when they lose a basketball game, they say some things that are very foolish. "I shook hands with Paul after the game, and if he had anything to say, he should have said it to me.

"I don't think he needs to insult my president, and I don't think he needs to insult my athletic director. Paul's got to open up his mind to people like me."

Earlier, before he and the Hoyas left yesterday for their game Sunday afternoon at De Paul, Thompson asked, "How could there be a problem after the first Big East game?

"It's intense. The league is intense. The coaches get along very well with one another. We probably get angry with one another, nasty things might be said, but I don't think it's a big thing. . . . If somebody gets emotional in a game you're up for . . . the kids are going to go off. Woofing is one thing, but you never want to see fighting.

"They should have been in my neighborhood if they think that little bit of stuff was a fight."

Gavitt said the league has "never really discussed suspensions or fines and suspensions" for players or coaches involved in bench-clearing fights.

"We can do whatever the nine schools want us to do," he said. "Any conference policy cannot be {overturned} by conference staff. . . . We've reviewed conduct and crowd conduct. We could do something if there was the feeling that people felt we had to."

Gavitt acknowledged that the league had a "streak of problems three or four years ago," but said the league toughened rules on leaving the bench in case of fighting and the number of fights decreased.

"We've had one situation, one period of time where we've had a problem," he said. "Hopefully, it won't happen any more, and if it does, we'll deal with it."