NC State fans cheer Valvano once more

And packed to the rafters Wednesday night with red-clad fans, their screams echoing off the steel I-beams of the ceiling, loud enough to leave a ringing in the ears hours after the final horn.

N.C. State officially dedicated James T. Valvano Arena at William Neal Reynolds Coliseum in a brief ceremony 20 minutes before the Wolfpack tipped off against Western Carolina in its annual Heritage Game.

Especially when you throw in Kay Yow Court at the beginning of the long formal name for the building that dates to 1949.

The Wolfpack is on its fifth head coach since Valvano’s forced resignation in 1990 amid an NCAA investigation and subsequent postseason ban for players selling their shoes and complimentary game tickets for spending money.

They remember Valvano running onto the court, looking for someone to hug after Sidney Lowe’s long jump shot came up short only for the ball to be caught and laid in by teammate Dereck Whittenburg at the buzzer for the winning points of the 1983 NCAA championship.

“The family was touched to realize that a group of people cared that much about Jim’s legacy to make this a reality,” Yow said.

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