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Lorenzo Emile "Zo" Charles
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Birth: Nov. 25, 1963
Brooklyn
Kings County (Brooklyn)
New York, USA
Death: Jun. 27, 2011
Raleigh
Wake County
North Carolina, USA

Basketball Player. Lorenzo Charles scored the game-winning basket in the championship game of the 1983 NCAA Basketball Tournament. Charles' buzzer-beating dunk after catching a short 30-foot shot from Dereck Whittenburg gave the North Carolina State University Wolfpack the 54-52 victory over the heavily-favored Houston Cougars led by Akeem Olajuwon, Clyde "The Glide" Drexler, and the rest of Phi Slama Jama. Video replays of coach Jim Valvano running onto the court after that shot are shown on TV almost every year during the tournament. Charles was selected 41st overall in the 1985 NBA draft. He played briefly with the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA, and then spent time in the European professional leagues. Charles died Monday, June 27, 2011, in a tour bus accident in Raleigh, N.C. He was driving an Elite Coach company bus on Interstate 40 with no passengers in it when the accident occurred. He was 47.
 
 
Burial:
Oakwood Cemetery
Raleigh
Wake County
North Carolina, USA
 
Created by: Steven Tynan
Record added: Jun 27, 2011
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Will never forget that winning basket. RIP
- S Barger
 Added: Dec. 9, 2013
Hope you and Coach V have renewed your friendship and enjoy watching the tournament from the best seats in the house.
- William Woodburn
 Added: Oct. 13, 2013
You were a good kid, Lorenzo. My school recruited you and I had a great time with you during your campus visit. Was sad you chose NC State but happy with your championship. This was one time nice guys didn't finish last.
- Anonymous
 Added: Apr. 4, 2013
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