NC State Beats the Buzzer
In 1983, the Houston Cougars were a powerhouse basketball team. Their two best players, Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler, would go on to star in the NBA, so their dominance at the college level was but a prelude to greatness. But NCAA's March Madness is so called for a reason. In the final game of the championship, the Cougars let lowly North Carolina State stay close for too long. The score was 52-52 as time expired. North Carolina State's Derek Wittenburg launched a desperation shot that missed the basket…and fell into the waiting hands of Lorenzo Charles, who dunked the ball, secured a miraculous championship, and inspired coach Jim Valvano to race around the court in glee.