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Big East suspends rest of its conference tournament

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It was a matter of time.

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That’s all she wrote.

With conference basketball tournaments cancelling last-minute all across the country, the Big East followed suit during halftime of its first quarterfinal game of the day between the St. John’s Red Storm and Creighton Bluejays.

The Big East adopted a restricted audience policy effective for Thursday’s games, limiting attendance to just family members, staff, media, player and team personnel. However, all that drastically changed.

The Red Storm was leading, 38-35, by the time the executive decision was made to cancel the rest of the tournament.

“Following a call with our Presidents and Athletic Directors and additional consultation with the City of New York, the Big East Conference has cancelled the remainder of our men’s basketball tournament, effective immediately,” Big East commissioner Val Ackerman said. “We believe the decision is in the best interests of our participants and fans.”