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the St. John’s-Rutgers game have withdrawn from the rest of the Big
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officials have ”voluntarily withdrawn” in ”the best interests of
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.