In the event Steve Lavin’s continued efforts to return St. John’s to something more relevant than “commuter school unfortunately associated with Captain Fucko” results in a Big East Tournament Championship this weekend, you’re excused for thinking the Johnnies’ achievement was just a little tainted. From the Newark Star-Ledger :
The Big East admits the veteran officiating crew for Rutgers’ loss to St. John’s today made two errors in the controversial final seconds. The conference issued a statement about 40 minutes after the Scarlet Knights’ 65-63 loss in the Big East Tournament.
“The Big East Conference acknowledges that two separate officiating errors occurred at the conclusion of the St. John’s vs. Rutgers game,” Big East commissioner John Marinatto said, referring to the travel and stepping out of bounds. “Both missed violations should have caused the game clock to stop and a change of possession to occur prior to the end of the game. Neither error is reviewable or correctable under NCAA rules.”