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Raleigh, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Jerian Grant scored a game-high 25 points and helped disrupt Trevor Laceys potential game-winner as No. 8 Notre Dame rallied for a thrilling 81-78 overtime victory over NC State on Sunday. The Fighting Irish stormed back from 18 down and forced overtime on V.J. Beachems tip-in just before the regulation buzzer. They trailed twice in OT before Beachems driving layup gave them the lead for good at 78-76. After Demetrius Jacksons free throw made it a three-point game, NC State called a timeout with 11.2 seconds to go and put the ball in Laceys hands. Grant hounded Lacey at the top of the key and blocked his first 3-point attempt. Lacey had a enough time to gather the loose ball and tossed up another shot that found all rim. Beachem, Jackson and Pat Connaughton all scored 11 points for the Irish (19-2, 7-1 ACC), who have won four in a row heading into their showdown against No. 5 Duke on Wednesday. Lacey finished with 13 points, seven assists and six rebounds for NC State (13-8, 4-4), which has lost back-to-back games for the first time all season. The Wolfpack had their way in the first half, hitting 62.1 percent of their shots and scoring nearly half of their points (20) in the paint. They got easy buckets off great ball movement, notably from Lacey, whose bounce pass led to a BeeJay Anya dunk and NC States largest lead at 40-22. Connaughtons tip-in at the buzzer cut Notre Dames deficit to 42-30, and the second half was a different story entirely. Whereas the Wolfpack regressed 39.3 percent shooting, the Irish connected on 7-of-14 from 3-point range after a 1-for-11 clip before halftime. A Grant 3-pointer trimmed the deficit to 48-43 just over three minutes in, and Zach Auguste gave Notre Dame its first lead, 53-52, when he pulled down a defensive rebound, threw an outlet pass, beat his defender down the court, caught up with Jacksons long bounce pass and laid it in. NC State retook the lead on a Lacey 3-pointer with under eight minutes to go and stayed there until the Irish scored five straight points in the final 1:12 of regulation. Grant made a free throw, Jackson put in a tough layup and Beachem skyed for a tip-in with 1.8 seconds remaining amid of slew of bodies under the basket. Notre Dame actually got the ball back when Abdul-Malik Abu was whistled for a push-off on the ensuing inbounds pass, and Grant got a good look at a halfcourt shot that caught the back of the rim. Game Notes Both teams had five players score in double digits, but only Auguste recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds ... Kyle Washington scored 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting for NC State, which only recorded five assists after halftime ... Notre Dame had a 43-34 rebounding advantage. Jakub Vrana Capitals Jersey . -- Michael Phelps is 0 for 1 in his comeback to the pool. Michal Kempny Capitals Jersey ." 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Having lost eight of its last 10, Vancouver is aiming to get on track during this swing and will try to do so with its first victory in Carolina since Nov. 27, 2002. Eddie Lack will get the start in net for the Canucks. The Canucks have lost three straight as the guest in this series since, including a 4-3 loss on Dec. 15, 2011 in the most recent encounter between these clubs. Vancouver is coming off a highly-anticipated showdown with the New York Rangers on Saturday afternoon, with Canucks coach John Tortorella making his return to Madison Square Garden after being fired in the offseason by the Rangers. He was coincidentally replaced by Alain Vigneault, the former coach of the Canucks who was also dismissed this summer, and could not make his Big Apple return a success as Vancouver was defeated 5-2. "Im not going to lie, its a little weird for me coming back," Tortorella said. "But once the game starts, its about playing and trying to find a way to get a win." That didnt happen despite goals from David Booth and Daniel Sediin.ddddddddddddRoberto Luongo was pulled 17 seconds into the second period after allowing his third goal on 10 shots faced. Eddie Lack allowed two goals on 14 shots in relief of Luongo, who should get a chance to rebound today and is 10-13-1 with three ties and a 2.59 goals against average in 27 career games (25 starts) versus the Hurricanes franchise. Carolina is coming off a split of a home-and-home set with the New Jersey Devils. The Canes won their second straight by picking up a 4-3 victory in the Garden State on Wednesday, but then failed to hold a third-period lead in losing Fridays home tilt 5-2 after giving up four goals in the final frame. Jeff Skinner and Jordan Staal each scored once for Carolina, which has lost five of its past seven as it was held to a season-low 18 shots. Cam Ward allowed all five goals on 31 shots in defeat. "We couldnt close the game out as a team and we have to be able to do that having a lead going into the third," Skinner said. Skinner was playing in his fifth game since missing 11 straight with an upper- body injury and scored his first goal since Oct. 19. Defenseman Andrej Sekera, though, missed Fridays game with an upper-body ailment and is unlikely to play today as well. Ward is 2-2-1 with a 3.38 GAA in five previous starts versus the Canucks. ' ' '

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