Rutgers Gets Hosed By Refs On Final Play, Eliminated From Big East Tournament (Video)

With 4.9 seconds remaining in regulation, Rutgers trailed St. John’s by two points and were set to inbound the ball from under their own basket.  They went for the long heave past half-court, which was intercepted by Justin Brownlee.

At that moment the game appeared to be over.  At least for the refs it did.

The rest of the people watching the game saw Brownlee take three steps with the ball, including one out of bounds, before tossing it into the air in celebration, all with well over one second remaining on the clock.  Unfortunately, the officials did not see any of this as they appeared to be well on their way down the tunnel at Madion Square Gardens.

The Big East has since acknowledged that the officials missed both the traveling and out-of-bounds calls at the end of the game, but neither were reviewable.  John Adams, who is in charge of selecting and organizing the officials for the NCAA tournament, described the missed call as unacceptable.  If those words are any indication, perhaps we should expect to see Jim Burr, Tim Higgins and Earl Walton joining Rutgers on the sideline during this year’s March Madness tournament.

Hat Tip – [Deadspin]

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