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