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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Debbie Busacco struggled with her emotions as she thought about what promises to be a difficult moment.That moment comes Saturday when the Syracuse Orange (6-3) host former Big East rival Georgetown (6-4) and her late fiance, Dwayne Pearl Washington , will be celebrated for his contributions.He would be smiling, said Busacco, who will make the trip. I guess its bittersweet. Itll be overwhelming. He would want us to be there to honor him and keep his spirit alive. He would love that.Washington, the man longtime Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim has called his most important player, died of cancer in April at age 52. He left an indelible mark on the Syracuse program and his legacy will continue.The university is establishing the Pearl Washington Endowed Fund for Continuing Education and has set a $1 million endowment goal. The fund will support student-athletes who leave the university and later return to pursue their degrees. Results of a 31-day fundraising drive will be announced at halftime Saturday during a tribute ceremony for Washington, who wore No. 31.Of course, we all wish things like this were done while someone was alive, said Elmer Anderson, a former high school teammate of Washington. Its a culmination of the wonderful things Dwayne did for the university. It was an extension of the university wherever he went.Washington left Syracuse after his junior year to play in the NBA. After a brief pro career, he returned to the university to complete his class requirements and received a bachelors degree in speech communication. He was working toward a masters degree in the school of education during the mid-1990s when he was first diagnosed with a brain tumor.Surgery was performed in August 2015 to treat the recurrence of a brain tumor and Washington had required around-the-clock care and a wheelchair when he died.There was plenty of support in his final months. (hash)PrayersforPearl became a social media gathering point last season and ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas gave the movement national exposure. In early March, Bilas wore the all-orange Pearl warmup shirt that Syracuse players had donned on the bench during games.Washingtons electrifying play was instrumental in helping create the aura of greatness the Big East Conference enjoyed during its heyday in the 1980s and 1990s. The opponent on Saturday, Georgetown, is fitting. Some of Washingtons most memorable moments came against the Hoyas, who havent played in the Carrier Dome since 2013, the year Syracuse bolted for the Atlantic Coast Conference.For them to take time out and take so much energy in making this a special moment is certainly a blessing, Anderson said. I just want to squeeze the oranges and let the juice drip, instead of tears. Its a beautiful thing, and for it to be against Georgetown, its just great.One of Washingtons signature moments against Georgetown came in the semifinals of the 1985 Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden. Towering Georgetown center Patrick Ewing elbowed the 6-foot-2 Washington in the ribs, Pearl retaliated with an elbow to the stomach, and Ewing came back with a punch that missed. Neither was ejected, but Washington endeared himself even more to Orange fans with his display of spunk in a league that was renowned for its physical play.The next year, Washington scored 24 points in a 1-point victory over Georgetown in February and followed with 21 points and eight assists in a 75-73 overtime win over the Hoyas in the Big East semifinals.Even though the Orange failed to win the Big East title that year -- St. Johns star Walter Berry blocked Washingtons lay-up attempt from behind at the final buzzer of the title game and the Orange lost 70-69 -- Pearl was named MVP of the tournament after posting 68 points and 29 assists in three games.Washington left an impressive trail when he left for the pros: Big East rookie of the year, first-team Big East all three years of college, and first team All-American his junior year. He averaged 15.6 points, 6.7 assists and 2.7 rebounds and led the Orange in assists and steals in each of his three years at the school.A dinner to celebrate Washingtons legacy was to be held Friday night at the university, and Derrick Coleman, Rafael Addison and Billy Owens were expected to be among several former Orange stars at Saturdays game.---More AP college basketball at http://collegebasketball.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-Top25 Marlon Humphrey Womens Jersey. -- Team after team passed on Andre Ellington in the draft. Tyus Bowser Ravens Jersey., for the next three years with the signings on Monday of Daryl Townsend and Michael Carter. http://www.ravensjerseyscheapauthentic.com/ravens-chris-wormley-black-jersey/. That gave fans outside Joe Louis Arena another chance to ask for autographs from the 19-year-old whose stardom in the NHL has arrived earlier than most expected. Tyus Bowser Jersey.J. 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DAVIS, Calif. -- Ben Scott threw for 381 yards and four touchdowns to lead UC Davis to a 52-35 win over Southern Oregon on Saturday night.Ramon Vargas, who hauled in a 65-yard third quarter touchdown pass from Scott, had six catches for 208 yards, and Manusamoa Luuga finished with 145 yards on 13 carries, including a 90-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and a 13-yard TD in the second.Tied at 21 midway through the second quarter, UC Davis (1-1) took the lead for good on Scotts 255-yard touchdown throw to Keelan Doss.dddddddddddd The Aggies also had touchdowns from Joshua Kelley and Ethan Hicks, Matt Blair had a 29-yard field goal, and the defense reeled in four interceptions.Tanner Trosin was 25 of 51 for 428 yards and three touchdowns for Southern Oregon, which plays in the NAIA. Zack Davis had touchdown catches of 67 and 93 yards. Wholesale Jerseys  Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Authentic Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys ' ' '
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