Tom Izzo, Tom Crean honor referee Ed Hightower (VIDEOS)

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On Tuesday night, with two minutes left in Michigan State’s blowout win over North Florida, Tom Izzo got on the microphone and honored longtime referee Ed Hightower.

It was a great moment, and another reason to love Izzo.

But it wasn’t his idea. He stole it from Tom Crean! Check it out:

I’m mostly kidding. It’s cool to see how much respect these high-profile coaches have for some of the referees that they go back and forth with on a nightly basis.