Second-half run paces Virginia past Northwestern

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Sean Singletary scored 19 of his 23
points in the second half Wednesday night and sparked a 24-9 run
just after the intermission as Virginia beat Northwestern 72-57 in
the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

The Cavaliers (3-1) trailed 27-26 at halftime, but Singletary
had a 3-pointer and three-point play in the first 1:20 of the
second half to start the burst. He added two more 3-pointers and
Mamadi Diane capped the run with another for the Cavaliers.

Northwestern (3-3), which lost 48-44 on its home floor to
Virginia last year, got 21 points from Vedran Vukusic and 13 from
Tim Doyle. The Wildcats, however, missed their first 15 3-point
shots and finished just 3-for-22 from behind the arc.

Virginia hit eight 3-pointers, with Singletary getting four
after halftime. Reynolds added 13 points and Diane, a freshman, and
Adrian Joseph had 10 each for Virginia.

The Cavaliers, with only seven recruited scholarship players
available, got into serious foul trouble in the first half as
Singletary, Diane, Tunji Soroye and Laurynas Mikalauskas were
whistled for two fouls each. That caused coach Dave Leitao to use
walk-on Billy Campbell, who hit one of Virginia's two 3-pointers in
the half.

But Northwestern, which was 0-for-9 from behind the arc in the
first 20 minutes, continued to rely almost entirely on Vukusic
until he drew his fourth foul with 11 minutes left. By then, the
Cavaliers' lead was 47-36 and they weren't threatened.

Virginia scored the last five points of the first half, but the
burst followed a 15-2 run by the Wildcats over 8 minutes and
Northwestern led 27-26 at the break.

Vukusic had six of his 14 points in the run for the Wildcats,
and 5-foot-9 Michael Jenkins had five, including a steal, layup,
three-point play and a slap on a loose ball that kept it alive in
Northwestern's end, leading to Doyle's driving layup.