Former Notre Dame guard John Paxson, left, talks with Michigan State coach Tom Izzo prior to action in an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)
Joe Raymond
December 03, 2014

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Jerian Grant scored a career-high 27 points and Demetrius Jackson added a career-best 22 to help Notre Dame beat No. 19 Michigan State 79-78 in overtime Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

In the first meeting between the schools in 35 years, Jackson's three-point play 2:19 into overtime put the Fighting Irish (7-1) ahead by five. His free throw with 5 seconds left helped seal the victory.

Jackson scored six of Notre Dame's 10 points in overtime.

Denzel Valentine finished with 22 points and Branden Dawson had 16 points and a career-high 18 rebounds for Michigan State (5-3).

After Valentine dribbled the ball off his foot to give it back to Notre Dame with 2.3 seconds left in regulation, Grant had a shot to win it on a drive to the hoop, but Valentine stripped the ball at the buzzer to send the game to overtime.

Valentine's 3-pointer with just more than two minutes to play tied it 64-all and stopped a 7-0 Irish run. Grant followed with a 3 on the next trip down the floor to get the lead back for Notre Dame, but Valentine answered with another 3 with 47 seconds left to tie it again at 67.

Jackson blocked Matt Costello's dunk attempt and then scored on a drive on the other end, and Grant grabbed a steal and converted a three-point play to give the Irish a 64-61 lead with 4:06 to go.

Dawson's baseline slam and a feed to Gavin Schilling for another jam with 10:31 left helped the Spartans build a seven-point lead while leading scorer Travis Trice was on the bench with three fouls.

After the Irish cut their deficit to one, Bryn Forbes knocked down a floater and Schilling came through with a three-point play to push the margin back to six with 7:41 left.

Trice came in averaging 16.4 points but finished with only seven on 3-of-13 shooting.

Consecutive 3-pointers by Grant and Steve Vasturia sparked a 10-0 run late in the first half to give the Irish a seven-point lead. Forbes hit a fallaway 3 with a second on the shot clock to end that spurt and scored the Spartans' final seven points of the half to cut Notre Dame's lead to 37-35 at the break.

The Irish played without V.J. Beachem, typically the first player off the bench, due to a right foot injury. Beachem is averaging 8.4 points and shooting a team-best 55.6 percent (15 of 27) from 3-point range.

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TIP-INS

Michigan State: This marked the Spartans' sixth game away from home out of their first eight this season. Their next seven will be played in East Lansing.

Notre Dame: It was Notre Dame's first game of the season against a Top 25 team. The Irish went 1-5 against ranked opponents last season.

UP NEXT

Michigan State hosts Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday.

Notre Dame hosts Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday.

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