Brandon Knight scores 30, Kentucky beats West Virginia 71-63

Brandon Knight - photo by Chris O'Meara | AP

Freshman scored a career-high 30 points and delivered eight of his 15 during a pivotal stretch of the second half, helping fourth-seeded beat No. 5 seed 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 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).

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