Lorenzo Charles – N.C. State Hero Killed

Sad news out of North Carolina.  Lorenzo Charles, the guy who caught Derek Whittenburg’s buzzer heave and jammed it home to beat Phi Slamma Jamma was killed in a bus accident.

From ESPN and the AP.

RALEIGH, N.C. — A tour bus official says a former North Carolina State basketball star who scored the game-winning basket to give the Wolfpack the 1983 national championship was killed when a bus he was driving crashed in Raleigh.

Lorenzo Charles was 47.

Elite Coach general manager Brad Jackson said Monday that Charles was driving a company bus on Interstate 40.

Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue says the bus driver was killed and there were no passengers aboard.

Charles grabbed an errant 30-foot shot by Dereck Whittenburg and dunked it for the winning basket in the Wolfpack’s 54-52 victory over the University of Houston in the NCAA title game in Albuquerque.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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