1:40 PM ET, March 18, 2011
United Center, Chicago, IL
CHICAGO -- Notre Dame's pace was off. The Irish were overanxious at the beginning of their NCAA opener, knowing that as a second seed they were expected to win against Akron.Leading the scrappy Zips by four at the break, the Irish scored the first nine of the second half to build a more comfortable lead and then held on for a 69-56 victory Friday in the second round of the Southwest Regional.
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• Ben Hansbrough led all scorers with 15 points. Tim Abromaitis had 14 points off the bench, including 3-for-3 from 3-point range.
• The 69 points scored by Notre Dame are its most in an NCAA tournament game since 2003 (71 in a loss to Arizona).
• The Irish have now advanced to the round of 32 under Mike Brey in five of seven NCAA tournament appearances.
• Akron is now 0-3 all-time in NCAA tournament appearances.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
NCAA Mens Tournament
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||23-64 (.359)||21-47 (.447)|
|3P Made-Attempted||7-21 (.333)||7-17 (.412)|
|FT Made-Attempted||3-6 (.500)||20-26 (.769)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||21 (1/0)||11 (1/0)|
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