Lorenzo Charles, the scorer on one of the most famous plays in sports history, passed after a bus accident. He was 47.
We talk about authoring one of the great upsets of all time. This NC State team was 17-10 and for all practical purposes, out of the tournament. They proceeded to defeat Wake Forest, North Carolina and Virginia to win the automatic bid to the NCAA’s.
They then marched through the NCAA tournament, beating superior teams by way of fouling late, and counting on the other team folding. This proved to be a winning formula.
In BSP’s eyes, this was a bigger upset than Villanova – Georgetown. Primarily because, even though the tournament had its share of upsets, this one was the first absolutely huge one. NC State had no business on the court with Houston. The Cougars had two NBA Hall-of-Famers on their team. NC State was pretty much garbage. Except when they had to be.
Rest in peace, Lorenzo Charles. You will be remembered forever.