Boxscore
Notre Dame 69, Akron 56
Friday, March 18, 2011 1:40 PM
Location - United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Officials - Roger Ayers, Pat Evans, Tom O'Neill
Attendance - N/A

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Akron 30 26 56
Notre Dame 34 35 69

Recap


CHICAGO – It took a half, but Notre Dame eventually looked like a team capable of making a Final Four. The No. 2-seeded Irish pulled away for a 69-56 victory over 15th seed Akron on Friday afternoon at the United Center and will meet Florida State in the Round of 32.

After leading by only four at halftime, Notre Dame opened the second half strong, going on a 9-0 run to take a 43-30 lead with 14:59 left.

Akron didn’t score until there was 14:40 left and never truly threatened down the stretch.

Irish guard Ben Hansbrough had a game-high 15 points, including 11 in the first half. Forward Tim Abromaitis finished with 14 points, making two key 3-pointers in the second-half to help Notre Dame seal its victory.

For a half, Akron had itself in position to become only the fifth No. 2 seed to win. The Zips had a marquee block late in the first half from 7-foot center Zeke Marshall and trailed 34-30 at the break. But they let it slip away in the second half.

Marshall had four blocks, while Quincy Diggs finished with a team-high 11 points.

Akron Zips

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Steve McNees 31:00 3-9 2-7 0-0 0 1 1 1 3 1 2 0 8
Darryl Roberts 24:00 2-6 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 5
Nikola Cventinovic 25:00 3-7 0-0 0-0 3 3 6 2 3 1 1 0 6
Brett McClanahan 23:00 2-5 1-4 2-2 0 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 7
Zeke Marshall 32:00 2-13 0-1 1-2 3 3 6 2 3 0 1 4 5
Brett McKnight 16:00 3-12 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 7
Quincy Diggs 24:00 5-7 1-1 0-2 0 3 3 0 3 2 0 0 11
Alex Abreu 18:00 3-4 1-1 0-0 0 4 4 4 4 1 3 0 7
Mike Bardo 7:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Josh Egner 0:00 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kyle Petersen 0:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
C.J. Oldham 0:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 23-64 7-21 3-6 6 21 27 10 21 6 8 4 56
  35.9% 33.3% 50.0% Team Rebs: 5   Total TO: 8

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Ben Hansbrough 40:00 4-11 1-4 6-6 0 3 3 6 1 0 3 0 15
Scott Martin 31:00 4-8 0-2 3-4 1 5 6 4 3 1 3 0 11
Tim Abromaitis 30:00 3-6 3-3 5-5 1 3 4 0 1 0 2 1 14
Tyrone Nash 32:00 3-8 0-0 3-7 0 7 7 3 1 0 1 1 9
Carleton Scott 35:00 3-8 1-4 1-1 0 14 14 2 1 3 2 3 8
Eric Atkins 28:00 2-4 2-4 2-2 0 0 0 1 3 0 2 0 8
Jack Cooley 4:00 2-2 0-0 0-1 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 4
Joey Brooks 0:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 21-47 7-17 20-26 3 32 35 16 11 5 13 5 69
  44.7% 41.2% 76.9% Team Rebs: 6   Total TO: 13
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