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Kentucky Makes Sweet 16

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Brandon Knight #12 of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts in the second half against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament, March 19, 2011 in Tampa, Florida.  (Getty/ J. Meric)

Brandon Knight #12 of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts in the second half against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men’s basketball tournament, March 19, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. (Getty/ J. Meric)

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Freshman Brandon Knight scored a career-high 30 points and Josh Harrellson delivered eight of his 15 during a pivotal stretch of the second half, helping fourth-seeded Kentucky beat No. 5 seed West Virginia 71-63 in the NCAA tournament Saturday.

Knight made six free throws in the final minute as the Wildcats (27-8) pulled away to advance to East regional semifinals against either No. 1 seed Ohio State or eighth-seeded George Mason. It’s the second trip to the round of 16 in as many seasons under coach John Calipari.

West Virginia, which reached the Final Four a year ago by beating Kentucky in the regional final, led 41-33 after closing the opening half on a 22-7 run. But Kentucky scored the first 11 points coming out of the break and eventually wore down the Mountaineers (22-12).

Copyright Associated Press

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