Syracuse announced Thursday that it will honor the late, great Dwayne “Pearl” Washington in its non-conference game against ex-Big East rival Georgetown on December 17.
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It is not a more befitting game to honor Washington, as Syracuse and Georgetown waged some intense battles when Washington attended Syracuse from 1983-1986.
The school laid out a series of promotions and special ways they will honor one of the more decorated players to walk through their hallowed halls.
Among the ways Syracuse will honor Washington include (via Cuse.com):
- A “31” logo will be embedded on the court, with the logo placed at approximately the same distance from where Washington made his memorable half-court shot to defeat Boston College on Jan. 21, 1984.
- There will also be a limited sale on discounted seats costing $31.
- Special back-court activities that associate with Pearl Washington’s legacy at Syracuse will be available for fans to participate in.
Washington died in April after his long fight with cancer. Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim has called Washington as the most important basketball player to ever play for the program.
More from Boeheim via Cuse.com (dated April 20)
“There was no better guy and there’s nobody who has meant more to our basketball program than Dwayne Washington,” noted Boeheim, who is completing his 40th year as head coach at his alma mater.
The two programs renewed their series last season, with Georgetown winning last season’s affair. However, the Orange holds a 49-42 advantage in the series, which dates to the 1929-30 season. The two teams have split the last 10 meetings.