The man who slammed home the dunk for N.C. State in 1983 NCAA Title Game(Lorenzo Charles) dead after bus wreck in Raleigh

Posted by Andy Durham on June 27, 2011 at 8:07 pm under College | 2 Comments to Read

One of the biggest names in N.C. State basketball history is gone, after a bus wreck in Raleigh…..Lorenzo Charles grabbed the errant/air ball shot/pass by Dereck Whittenburg and slammed it home for the game-winnng dunk, in the Wolfpack’s win over the Houston Cougars, on a Monday night at The Pit in New Mexico, back in 1983…….


Raleigh, N.C. — The driver killed in a bus wreck on Interstate 40 in Raleigh Monday is former Wolfpack basketball standout Lorenzo Charles, WRAL News has learned.

Charles, 47, led North Carolina State University to victory with a game-winning dunk in the 1983 NCAA Championship game against the University of Houston. He had a brief career in the National Basketball Association with the Atlanta Hawks in the mid-80s.

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CLICK Here and Check out this photo of Lorenzo Charles when he was having his jersey retired at an N.C. State game in Raleigh……

  • sefan said,

    Lo will be missed. By the way Andy Valvano clarified the end of the game activities against Houston at the flag dedication ceremony held in the brickyard late Spring 1983. He told me and the rest of the students that we were never to let our “friends” in Chapel Hill know that we were lucky to win the game. He said always tell them that Lo recieved a PASS from Whittenburg.

    That dunk is a moment I will never forget. As Derrick has said already Valvano finally has someone to hug.

  • notjimmelvin said,

    I remember Lorenzo playing for the Raleigh Bullfrogs in the Global Basketball Association. The Bullfrogs had titanic battles against the Greensboro City Gaers, lead by league MVP Lloyd “Sweet Pea” Daniels. RIP Lorenzo