No. 17 St. John’s 65, Rutgers 63

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the St. John’s-Rutgers game have withdrawn from the rest of the Big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 Wednesday.

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officials have ”voluntarily withdrawn” in ”the best interests of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 Higgins the championship game.

Burr has worked 16 Final Fours, the first in 1985, the last in

2006, and has done seven national championships games. Higgins has

worked 10 Final Fours, the first in 1988, the last in 2004, and has

done four national championship games.

Walton has never worked a Final Four.