Harlem Globetrotters Show Off Dazzling Dunks & Stunts At Bryce Jordan Center

If you’re still recovering from Penn State basketball’s showing against Rutgers this past weekend, hopefully a Harlem Globetrotters win in the Bryce Jordan Center brought you some comfort.

On Tuesday night, the Harlem Globetrotters challenged their longtime rivals, the Washington Generals, in a feisty game that brought lots of stunts and snickers to Happy Valley. Hundreds of children and families piled into the lower bowl of the BJC for an evening of hilarious hoops.

Before the game tipped off, the Globetrotters’ emcee and mascot, Globie, “checked the temperature” of the crowd to get folks in the audience warmed up for the competition ahead. Once there was an acceptable response from the crowd, the Globetrotters and Generals hit the hardwood.

The Globetrotters’ showman, Hammer, was mic’d up throughout the game, providing live commentary and play-by-play of the action. Cheese and Wham each drained four-point shots from 10 feet beyond the arc to get things rolling for Harlem and establish a lead over its opponent to open up play.

The Globetrotters’ other mascot, Big G, impressed the audience with some moves and flops during a timeout before the two teams kicked off a mid-game dunk contest.

Some kids in the crowd participated in games on the court and danced in a TikTok with Hammer and the Globetrotters, including “hitting the Griddy” to the tune of “Right Foot Creep.” After two 10-minute quarters, Harlem led Washington 49-46.

During halftime, the team played a video honoring Globetrotter legends Marques Haynes, Hubert Ausbie, Meadowlark Lemon, and Curly Neal for their contributions to the Harlem Globetrotter culture that exists to this day.

In the second half, showman Thunder took over the mic and administered several crowd interactions, including a “Cinderella” skit and splashing water and popcorn into the crowd.

Hammer and Thunder announced that the first team to eight points would be dubbed the winner of the close matchup. The trusty Globetrotters sealed the deal and secured the necessary eight points to win.

The crowd erupted in support of the champions and displayed a standing ovation for the Harlem roster and crew.

Afterward, the Globetrotters stuck around for pictures and autographs with those in the audience to close out an electric night of entertaining ball.

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