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John Raoux, Associated Press
West Virginia's Joe Mazzulla (21) looks to pass as Clemson's Demontez Stitt (2) defends during the first half of during an East regional second round NCAA tournament college basketball game in Tampa, Fla., Thursday, March 17, 2011.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Darryl Bryant scored 19 points and Kevin Jones added 17 to help fifth-seeded West Virginia overcome a slow start and wear down No. 12 seed Clemson, 84-76 in the second round of the East Regional on Thursday.

The Mountaineers (21-11) advanced to play fourth-seeded Kentucky or No. 13 seed Princeton, taking advantage on a fatigued opponent playing its second game in just over 36 hours.

Bryant's four-point play and a long 3-pointer by Jones that tied it 40-40 at the half highlighted a game-changing 28-8 run that enabled West Virginia to turn a 10-point deficit into a 57-47 lead. The closest Clemson (22-12) would get the rest of the way was three points.