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Syracuse to honor Pearl Washington during December 17 Georgetown game

Syracuse will put a No. 31 logo on the court close to the spot where Pearl launched his famous half-court shot.

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Pearl Washington's jersey has already been retired by Syracuse Orange basketball, but that doesn't mean the school can't take some time to honor the legend who passed away earlier this year.

Syracuse will honor Pearl on December 17 during the Georgetown Hoyas showdown in the Carrier Dome that evening.

The biggest part of the tribute will be a No. 31 logo affixed to Jim Boeheim Court at approximately the same spot where he made his legendary half-court shot to defeat Boston College in 1984.

SU also says there will be "pecial back-court activities that associate with Pearl Washington's legacy at Syracuse" which is super-vague and confusing but we can assume there will be memorabilia and photo ops for fans during halftime.

We can also assume there will be some kind of video package and moment before the game, though that isn't mentioned in the release.

The announcement was light on details but very heavy on ticket sale information.

SU says "a limited number of $31 seats will be made available for purchase" but doesn't say where those seats are and whether or not that's actually a deal of any kind. Single-game tickets aren't on sale yet.

The Georgetown game isn't part of the student season-ticket package but students will be able to secure their seat for the game so long as they have season tickets. Students will be on break so it might be a moot point.

All in all, I can't help but feel as though this announcement was a bit rushed. They are very light on specifics about how they're going to honor Pearl and the news is very heavy on ticket sale enticement. Not to Syracuse fans need incentive to buy a ticket for the Georgetown game? I doubt it.

Still, it's a great thing to honor Pearl and we can assume that SU will get it together and give him the proper send-off he deserves. It's also plenty of time to make sure any kind of commemorative jersey is spelled correctly...