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West Virginia's Joe Mazzulla is called for an

West Virginia's Joe Mazzulla is called for an offensive foul as he runs over Clemson's Andre Young (11) during an East Regional second-round game Tampa, Fla. (Mar. 17, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

For all those who firmly believe that defense wins championships, we hope you had a chance to watch West Virginia vs. Clemson in a second-round game. West Virginia rode a tremendous 39-second defensive wave in the final 1:35 to top Clemson, 84-76.

Ahead 76-71 with 1:35 left, sophomore forward Dalton Pepper came up with the first of three straight steals at midcourt to help lift the Mountaineers.

Pepper stole a pass close to midcourt and finished the play on the other end with a dunk to give West Virginia a 78-71 lead with 1:32 remaining. Wait, it gets better. Pepper stole another pass close to midcourt on Clemson's ensuing possession and finished that play with a layup to extend the advantage to 80-71 at the 1:18 mark. 

But wait, it gets even better. Pepper stole another pass at midcourt on Clemson's next possession. It didn't lead directly to a layup, Darryl Bryant made one of two free throws on the possession to give the Mountaineers an 81-71 lead with 56 seconds left.


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