When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson

22 March 2008

25 years ago in the NCAA Tournament

It is perhaps the most repeated highlight in tournament history: Final seconds counting down, N.C. State guard Dereck Whittenburg hoists a long air ball that is grabbed by Lorenzo Charles, who jams the errant shot through the net before the final tick on the clock. Houston players stand around in disbelief, some collapse and bang the floor in tears. N.C. State coach Jim Valvano searches frantically for someone to hug.

N.C. State 54, Houston 52.

State of shock: 25 years later, NC State miracle lives on (New York Daily News)

The "local angle" that spurs the NYDN's interest: NC State player Dereck Whittenburg is now in his fifth year as local basketball power Fordham University's head coach.


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