GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The referees who worked the Florida State-Duke game were suspended for one game Monday for what the league said was an unnecessary technical foul on a Seminoles player.
The crew of Mike Eades, Ray Natili and Ed Corbett shouldn't have assessed a technical on Florida State's Alexander Johnson in the second half of Duke's 97-96 overtime win Saturday, said John Clougherty, coordinator of men's basketball officials for the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The technical was Johnson's fifth foul, and he left with 9:23 remaining. Johnson had 13 points and 11 rebounds before going to the bench.
"It came as a surprise to me," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said Monday.
Johnson drew his fourth foul for an intentional foul on Duke center Shelden Williams, who quickly got to his feet and bumped Johnson. Television replays showed Johnson attempting to back away. The confrontation had resulted in technicals for both players.
Referees also whistled Johnson for an intentional foul against Williams in the first half.