Raleigh - Gavin Grant stole an inbounds pass and scored with two seconds left to cap an amazing last-second rally and give North Carolina State an unlikely 79-77 overtime victory over No. 21 Miami on Saturday night.
After Anthony King made one of two free throws to give the Hurricanes a 77-75 lead with 15.3 seconds remaining in the extra session, Grant drove the basket on the other end to try to tie it. His layup in traffic bounced off the rim, but J.J. Hickson was there for the tip-in.
Just as the home crowd was celebrating the possibility of heading to a second OT, Grant jumped in front of King's pass and immediately put the ball in the basket. Jack McClinton's desperation heave from half-court bounced harmlessly off the backboard, helping N.C. State (12-5, 1-2 ACC) avoid a disastrous 0-3 start in the conference.
McClinton hardly could be blamed for the loss, scoring 24 of his 26 points after halftime on his birthday to bring Miami (14-3, 1-2) back from a double-figure deficit.
Grant finished with 24 points, and Brandon Costner had 16 points after going scoreless in the Wolfpack's loss to Clemson earlier in the week.