RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Markell Johnson had 27 points as North Carolina State overcame a halftime deficit to beat Notre Dame, 73-68.
Johnson led all scorers while adding seven assists, four rebounds, and three steals.
Notre Dame led 39-34 at halftime, but the Wolfpack outscored the Irish 39-29 in the second half.
N.C. State trailed by 12 points 4:40 into the second half. Long-range makes from Johnson and Jericole Hellems helped the Wolfpack close the gap. A Braxton Beverly 3 followed by a pair of DJ Funderburk free throws tied the game at 60-60 with 5:27 to go.
Two more Funderburk free throws gave the home team its first lead. The Wolfpack salted the game away at the charity stripe.
Funderburk had 16 points and nine rebounds off the bench. Hellems and Beverly scored in double figures, as well.
N.C State heads to Virginia Tech on Saturday for a 2 p.m. game. Notre Dame is off until a Jan. 15 trip to Georgia Tech.