NCAA Basketball

North Carolina State Legend Lorenzo Charles Dies in Bus Accident

| by Alex Groberman

Lorenzo Charles, the North Carolina State player who scored arguably the most memorable basket in NCAA tournament history, was killed in a bus accident in North Carolina on Monday.

The 47-year-old Charles was driving a bus on Interstate 40 in Raleigh when he crashed. According to Brad Jackson, general manager of the Elite Coach bus company, no passengers were aboard at the time. Although very little information regarding the accident was divulged by police, multiple reports indicate that the windshield was broken out with tree limbs sticking through the window frame. Further, the rear wheels of the bus somehow ended up on a mound and the right front tire was elevated from the road.

Charles, of course, went down in basketball lore after he put back a missed 30-foot heave from Dereck Whittenburg to lead his North Carolina State squad past the University of Houston for the 1983 NCAA title. Later he would go on to play in the NBA for one season, where he averaged 3.4 points for the Atlanta Hawks in 1985-86.

Additional details on the accident via the Associated Press can be found below.