Wolfpack family remembers national championship player who was killed in crash

June 28, 2011
By Minnie Bridgers
Photo courtesy of GoPack.com

Photo courtesy of GoPack.com

Lorenzo Emile Charles, who scored the winning dunk for NC State in the 1983 NCAA national championship game, died in a bus wreck Monday afternoon near Cary.

Charles, 47, also briefly played with the Atlanta Hawks and played professional basketball in Europe for more than a decade.

After retiring from basketball, Charles returned to Wake Forest and drove buses for transportation companies. He was driving a bus for Elite Coach of Apex when the vehicle careened off Interstate 40 and crashed into some trees.

Charles, who regularly attended NC State basketball games, leaves behind his wife, Theresa.  He will be forever remembered by Wolfpack fans for his buzzer-beating dunk during the 1983 NCAA Tournament against the favored University of Houston Cougars. The play gave NC State its second men’s basketball title.

Share your memories of that legendary game and post condolences to the Charles family on our blog’s comment section.

To read more about Charles’ career and to view a photo gallery from his time at NC State, visit GoPack.com. To watch a video of a 2008 interview with Charles, visit WRAL.com.

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One Response to “Wolfpack family remembers national championship player who was killed in crash”

  1. Sheila says:

    My sympathies to the Charles family. He has and always will be loved by the Wolfpack nation.

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