Former Syracuse star Pearl Washington, who died Wednesday in New York from complications of a brain tumor, was a playground star in his native Brooklyn.
He once scored 82 points in a high school game, helping him become the most sought-after player in the country as a senior.
He enrolled at Syracuse in 1983 and quickly transformed the Carrier Dome into his personal playground, making Syracuse games must-see television across the country.
He shot 52.6 percent in college and scored 1,490 points, and helped attract 12 crowds of at least 30,000 to the Carrier Dome. He was a Big East rookie of the year, first-team Big East all three years of college, and a first team All-American his junior year.
Here are some of his signature moments:
- Feb. 20, 1983: With hundreds of scholarship offers on the table, Washington told CBS commentator Al McGuire during halftime of a nationally televised game between St. John's and DePaul that he had decided to attend Syracuse.
- Jan. 24, 1984: In his 15th start at Syracuse, a nationally televised game against Boston College, Washington swished the game-winning shot from beyond half court as time expired and kept running all the way to the locker room as the Carrier Dome crowd erupted. He then called his mother to tell her what he had done.
- Feb. 27, 1984: In his 25th game for the Orange, he set a Syracuse record at the time with 18 assists in a road game against St. John's and star Chris Mullin. Syracuse won 82-81 before a crowd of 6,480 at Alumni Hall in Queens.
- Jan. 28, 1985: Washington made a jumper from the free-throw line with 8 seconds left to give No. 9 Syracuse a 65-63 victory over second-ranked Georgetown in the Carrier Dome. The game ended the Hoyas' road winning streak at 26 games.
- March 8, 1985: Washington punches Georgetown star Patrick Ewing in the stomach early in a 74-65 loss to the Hoyas in the Big East tournament semifinals. Ewing retaliated with a right hand and the benches emptied.
- Feb. 26, 1986: Washington scored 35 points to key an 86-79 win over St. John's at Madison Square Garden.
- March 8, 1986: Had 20 points and 14 assists against St. John's in the Big East tournament title game at Madison Square Garden, but was denied a game-winning layup when Walter Berry blocked his layup after a court-long dash. Washington was named tournament MVP after scoring 68 points and handing out 29 assists in three games.
- March 16, 1986: After losing 97-85 to Navy and David Robinson at the Carrier Dome in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Washington announced he would forgo his senior year and enter the NBA draft, the first player under coach Jim Boeheim to leave school early.