'That's for you Pearl': Globetrotter calls half-court shot, makes it in honor of #31

When the Harlem Globetrotters come to the Carrier Dome next month, they'll bring their world-famous moves, tricks and charm that have dazzled audiences for decades.

But it's hard to imagine them topping this magical moment from Wednesday morning.

While shooting a preview for the Globetrotters' February 10th appearance at the Dome with CNYCentral's Lisa Spitz, Globetrotter Zeus McClurkin started taking half-court shots.

Zeus' first three attempts were a little off the mark; one glanced off the backboard glass wide left, another missed right and short. The third attempt looked promising, but popped out off the back of the rim.

As he setup for a fourth attempt, McClurkin looked down at the number 31 that sits at the center of Jim Boeheim Court in honor of Syracuse Orange basketball legend Dwayne "Pearl" Washington. As he readied his shot, Zeus pointed to Pearl's 31 and said, "This is in honor of Pearl Washington."

The shot wasn't perfect, but it found its way home - banking off the backboard and through the hoop. (Click the video player at the top of this article to see the shot)

"That's for you Pearl," Zeus said just moments later. The shot was a fitting homage to Pearl, who - as any Syracuse fan would be quick to tell you - had his own magic moment from half-court.

On a cold Syracuse day in January 1984, Syracuse found itself tied with Boston College with just seconds left in the game. A missed free-throw by Boston College was rebounded by Syracuse and found its way to Pearl.

Just inches from the very spot Zeus made his shot some 32 years later, Pearl launched a half-court shot and drained it, lifting Syracuse above Boston College for the win at the buzzer.

During his time playing in Syracuse Pearl tallied 1,490 points, which is 25th on the school's all-time list, and 631 assists, good for fourth on the school's all-time list. Washington's 220 career steals are the fifth-most by a Syracuse Orange player.

Washington would go on to play in the NBA with the New Jersey Nets and Miami Heat in the late 1980's. He passed away in April 2016 at age 52.

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