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Charles dies in crash

A tour bus official says a former North Carolina State basketball star who scored the game-winning basket to give the Wolfpack the 1983 national championship was killed when a bus he was driving crashed in Raleigh.

Lorenzo Charles was 47.

Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue says the bus driver was killed and there were no passengers aboard.

Charles scored the winning basket in the Wolfpack's 54-52 victory over the University of Houston in the NCAA title game in Albuquerque, N.M.


UB's Murphy is honored

University at Buffalo sophomore Tom Murphy was named to the NCAA Mideast Region first team by the American Baseball Coaches Association. Murphy, the 2011 Mid-American Conference Player of the Year, is the first UB player named to the first team and just the second player honored since reinstatement in 2000. Brad Agustin was a second-team choice in 2010.

Murphy was a two-time MAC East Player of the Week. He ranked among the top five of the conference in home runs (10), on-base percentage (.446) and slugging percentage (.626), along with claiming the batting title with a .384 batting average over 52 games.


South Carolina strikes first

Christian Walker, cleared to play with a broken wrist a half-hour before the game, scored from first base on two throwing errors in the 11th inning and defending champion South Carolina beat Florida, 2-1, in Game One of the College World Series final.

The Gamecocks threw out two runners at home plate in the bottom of the ninth and another in the 10th.

From News Staff and wire service reports