Virginia 51

(2-1, 1-1 away)

(9) Arizona 81

(2-2, 1-1 home)

7:00 PM ET, November 27, 2005

McKale Center, Tucson, Arizona

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UVA 28 2351
#9ARIZ 31 5081

Top Performers

Virginia: S. Singletary 24 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Stl

Arizona: M. Shakur 14 Pts, 6 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl

Arizona blows out Virginia to end losing streak

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Chris Rodgers matched his season high with 20 points, scoring 15 in the second half while Arizona ran away from Virginia for an 81-51 victory Sunday night.

Hassan Adams and Mustafa Shakur scored 14 each. Adams, who also had nine rebounds, had 12 points during a 29-1 run that began late in the first half and blew open a tight game.

The Wildcats (No. 8 ESPN/USA Today, No, 9 AP) went into their home opener in a two-game skid, losing to Connecticut and Michigan State in the Maui Invitational after an opening win over Kansas. They also were intent on avenging a 78-60 loss at Virginia last season, their worst offensive effort since scoring 60 in a loss at Michigan State on Dec. 15, 2001.

Sean Singletary had a season-high 24 points and Adrian Joseph had 12, but it wasn't enough to help the Cavaliers (2-1) win their first three for a sixth consecutive year.

J.R. Reynolds, Virginia's top scorer, went 3-for-14 and missed one of two free throws -- part of the reason Arizona reversed the outcome on the Cavaliers, who hadn't allowed more than 44 points in a game coming in.

Adams, who was 2-for-10 at halftime, made his first five field-goal attempts in the second half.

The last one opened a 49-29 lead with 14:20 remaining. Rodgers capped the run -- which included a 20-1 start to the second half -- with a 15-foot jumper 1:05 later. Joseph broke an 0-for-10 spell by the Cavaliers to start the half with a basket with 12:28 left in the game, and Singletary added a jumper and two free throws to get Virginia within 51-35 with 11:11 left.

But Shakur had nine points in a 5:25 span, opening a 71-41 lead with a 3-pointer with 4:17 left, and both coaches sent in the reserves.

Arizona's bench contributed early after the Wildcats went 1-for-12 midway through the first half. J.P. Prince opened a 20-13 lead -- the biggest of the first half -- when he stole a pass and laid it in with 9:01 left in the first.

The Cavaliers responded with a 15-2 run capped by 10 straight points by Singletary, who made a jumper in the lane to tie it at 20 with 5:32 to go and followed with a driving layup and two 3-pointers. The second sent Virginia to a 28-22 lead with 3:10 remaining.

But the Cavaliers had two turnovers in the next 56 seconds, and Arizona finished with a 9-0 surge to take a 31-28 halftime lead.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 51 81
FG Made-Attempted 20-54 (.370) 33-65 (.508)
3P Made-Attempted 3-17 (.176) 6-19 (.316)
FT Made-Attempted 8-12 (.667) 9-18 (.500)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 15 (0/0)
Largest Lead 6 34

2005-06 Season

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