West Virginia's 'Truck' Bryant Will Play in Final Four
Bryant, who broke the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot during practice Tuesday in Morgantown, said he was cleared by team doctors Friday to play in the Final Four if West Virginia advanced.
"I'm in pain, but I'll be fine, Bryant told FanHouse in the locker room after the Mountaineers' 73-66 win over Kentucky. "That's what the shoe is for to keep the pain away. I can't hurt it anymore.
"This is a special time of the year when you have to step up, when you make your name as a team and an individual."
Junior point guard Joe Mazzulla played in Bryant's place against Kentucky and scored 17 points in the regional final victory, but fouled out late in the game, leaving the Mountaineers without a primary ballhandler.
"We needed this victory," Bryant said. "It's like I'm in a dream. You grow up watching things like this, making it to the Final Four and now I can be a part of it."
Bryant averaged 9.3 points per game and 3.1 assists per game this season.
"He will give us another ballhandler when Joe's not in there," West Virginia assistant coach Larry Harrison said.
West Virginia's win over No. 1 seed Kentucky advanced the Mountaineers to the Final Four for the first time since 1959. West Virginia awaits the winner of Sunday's Duke-Baylor South Regional final.
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