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Officials who worked Rutgers-St. John’s game withdraw from tourney

Big East commissioner says move is ‘in best interests of everyone involved’

The officials who worked the Big East Conference tournament game Wednesday between St. John’s and Rutgers -- the one in which two fouls and a technical were not called -- have withdrawn from the tournament.

Citing an anonymous conference source, <a href=””>ESPN first reported</a> that Jim Burr, Tim Higgins and Earl Walton have voluntarily withdrawn in the “best interests of the tournament and their colleagues.”

“Our officials are a very dedicated and loyal group of professionals who care deeply about the Big East Conference,” Big East Commissioner John Marinatto said in a statement released by the conference. “In the best interests of everyone involved -- including coaches, student-athletes, game officials and Big East member institutions -- the officials who were assigned to the St. John’s-Rutgers game Wednesday have voluntarily withdrawn for the remainder of the 2011 Big East Championship. With three days of competition remaining, it is our hope that everyone will now focus on our outstanding teams and exciting games ahead.”

St. John’s beat Rutgers 65-63 in the second-round game in Madison Square Garden, but the Red Storm’s Justin Brownlee was not called for traveling or for stepping out of bounds (or given a technical for heaving the ball into the stands) with 1.7 seconds left in the game.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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