Notre Dame 72, Liberty 51

Ben Hansbrough scored 19 points to lead cold-shooting Notre Dame

to a 72-51 victory over Liberty on Sunday.

It was the second straight game that Hansbrough had led his team

in scoring. His 3-pointer at the 2:30 mark of the first half ended

an eight-minute scoring drought by the Irish and pushed them to a

41-22 halftime edge.

David Minaya led the Flames (1-1) with 12 points. Tyrone Nash

added 16 for Notre Dame (2-0), including a 12-for-15 effort from

the free throw line.

Liberty closed the gap to 15 twice early in the second half, but

the Irish responded both times. Notre Dame shot 42 percent while

holding Liberty to 36 percent.

Notre Dame plays its third game in five days Wednesday night

against Chicago State.