Notre Dame Runs Past Akron 69-56

CHICAGO -- Ben Hansbrough scored 15 points despite another sub-par shooting game and Tim Abromaitis added 14 as second-seeded Notre Dame fought off scrappy Akron for a 69-56 second-round victory Friday in the Southwest Regional. Notre Dame (27-6) will meet the winner of Florida State-Texas A&M on Sunday at the United Center. The Irish led 34-30 at the half before scoring the first nine points of the second to build their lead to double digits and then held off the cold-shooting Zips. Hansbrough, the Big East Player of the Year who shot just 3-for-16 in a loss to Louisville in the semifinals of the conference tourney, hit just 4-of-11 from the field but was 6-of-6 from the line and had six assists. The 15th-seeded Zips (23-13) were appearing in just their third NCAA Division I tournament and second in two years. Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press