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NC State tourney star Charles laid to rest

- Associated Press - Saturday, July 2, 2011

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - 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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