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Notre Dame upset, outplayed by Fla. St.

CHICAGO -- Bernard James scored 14 points, Michael Snaer added 13 and Florida State showed there's more to its game than defense with a 71-57 upset of second-seeded Notre Dame last night that put the Seminoles in the regional semifinals for the first time since 1993.

It was an impressive effort by the 10th-seeded Seminoles, who had four players in double figures and shot 9-for-19 from three-point range.

Florida State (23-10) will face upstart Virginia Commonwealth in the Southwest Regional semifinals Friday in San Antonio. The 11th-seeded Rams, maligned as not worthy of being in the 68-team field, stunned third-seeded Purdue earlier Sunday for their third win in five nights.

It will be the first 10 vs. 11 matchup in NCAA Tournament history.

For Notre Dame, meanwhile, it was another disappointing showing in the NCAAs. The Fighting Irish (27-7) had their highest seed since receiving a No. 2 seed in 1981 under Digger Phelps, yet ended up the same way they have for much of the last two decades -- out of it after the first weekend.

Notre Dame has made the regional semifinals just once in the last 24 years, back in 2003.

But the Irish didn't look anything like the team that had won 13 of its previous 15 games, held to 31 percent shooting -- 7-for-30 from three-point range.

Big East player of the year Ben Hansbrough was stifled most of the night by the Seminoles' defense, scoring 18 but shooting just 5-for-13 from the field before fouling out with 3:19 left. Florida State fans taunted him with chants of "Overrated!" as he left the floor.

Hansbrough hugged everyone on the bench before taking a seat to watch the closing minutes of his final college game.

-- AP

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