WASHINGTON (AP) — North Carolina State University’s 1983 victorious men’s basketball team finally is getting its day at the White House.
Three decades after the Wolfpack’s upset NCAA championship win, team members Monday debated with President Barack Obama whether the famous, game-winning dunk came after a shot or pass.
Back then, N.C. State wouldn’t cover the players’ trip to Washington or their hotels. Accepting a donor’s offer would’ve violated NCAA rules. Only coach Jimmy Valvano met then-President Ronald Reagan.
Lorenzo Charles’ buzzer beater clinched the 54-52 victory over Houston, which featured Hall of Famers Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler. It came off of Dereck Whittenburg’s long-range heave.
Obama recalled the coach running across the court after time expired, but asked if Charles scored off a shot or pass.
He got different answers.