Former NC State Player Laid To Rest

Lorenzo Charles is being remembered for more than just a last-second dunk that remains one of the NCAA tournament's signature moments.

Charles' funeral was held Saturday, five days after the hero of North Carolina State's title-winning upset of Houston in 1983 was killed in a bus wreck.

Teammate Dereck Whittenburg says it's "time to celebrate and reflect on a wonderful man's life."

Twenty-eight years ago, Charles caught Whittenburg's 30-foot heave and dunked it at the buzzer to give underdog N.C. State its second national championship.

Whittenburg says he's proud that he and Charles have been "linked together in one championship moment, and we'll be linked forever."

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  • by Tim on Jul 2, 2011 at 05:30 PM
    There is nothing wrong with being a bus driver, this man will forever be remembered with wolfpack basketball, why in the world wasn't he working at N.C. State?
  • by D Location: Pitt on Jul 2, 2011 at 01:26 PM
    Thoughts and prayers to his family as well as his NC State family. RIP
  • by Bystander....... on Jul 2, 2011 at 10:48 AM
    My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. Just ease your pain, it will never go away, by remembering all the good things. RIP Brother!!

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