Video: Tom Izzo, Spartans thank Ed Hightower

Tom Izzo liked how buddy Tom Crean and Indiana honored longtime official Ed Hightower last month so much that he decided to do the same Tuesday. With 2:01 left in an easy win over North Florida, Izzo grabbed the mic and thanked Hightower – who will retire at the end of the month and was officiating his final game at the Breslin Center – for his 32 years as an official.

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The crowd gave Hightower a standing ovation and both coaches and Branden Dawson had big hugs for the official.

And here’s Crean honoring Hightower a month ago:

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