After Clemson trimmed an 11-point lead down to three with 1:49 left, Dalton Pepper stole the ball from Clemson on three consecutive possessions, and West Virginia defeats Clemson 84-76 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Tampa. The Mountaineers will play the winner of the Kentucky-Princeton game to be played later today at the St. Pete Times Forum.
Truck Bryant led the Mountaineers in scoring with 19 points, while Kevin Jones chipped in with 17 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Andre Young scored a game high 22 points while Demontez Stitt and 16 points, while Jerai Grant and Devin Booker each had 13 points for the Tigers.
There were a ton of fouls called today which shouldn’t be a surprise considering both teams playing aggressive basketball defensively. The two teams combined to shoot 57 free throws, and both teams shot an impressive 81% from the charity stripe.
Its not the Tampa Turmoil we experienced the last time the NCAA Tournament was held at the St. Pete Times Forum, but it was an exciting game from start to finish.