CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- J.R. Reynolds and Sean Singletary
know they are the keys to Virginia's success. They also know the
more help they get, the more the surprising Cavaliers will be
expected to win regularly.
Reynolds scored 28 points, Singletary had 16 and several other
players made key plays at both ends Tuesday night, leading Virginia
past Boston College (No. 13 ESPN/USA Today, No. 11 AP) 72-58.
"Everybody was feeling it tonight," said freshman Mamadi
Diane, who hit three of Virginia's 12 3-pointers -- including two in
the second half when the Eagles tried to rally.
Having the confidence to take the shots has been difficult, he
said, and something his teammates have implored him to do.
"Just getting those shots, it was basically like me alone in
the gym," he said.
Laurynas Mikalauskas, playing with a protective mask on his face
after breaking his nose and sustaining a concussion against Florida
State on Saturday, scored only four points, but got them on a pair
of baby hooks to help sustain Virginia's momentum.
He also helped contain the Eagles' bruising front line. Virginia
held Jared Dudley to six points, nearly 11 below his average, on
2-for-8 shooting from the field.
And Tunji Soroye avoided the foul trouble that so often plagues
him and had six points, seven rebounds and two blocks, immeasurably
aiding the defensive effort.
"The team's growing up," Reynolds said. "Maturity.
Everybody's just learning and listening and carrying out their
assignments. The whole team made plays tonight."
The Cavaliers took control early, getting 16 points from
Reynolds in a 26-6 first-half run thast opened a 31-13 lead. The
Eagles took a timeout and responded with nine straight points, but
Virginia never let them closer than 10 the rest of the way.
"We were tougher than a tough team," first-year Cavaliers
coach Dave Leitao said.
Boston College shot 35 percent and had a five-game winning
The Cavaliers (14-10, 7-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) led 38-28
at halftime and never let the lead shrink below 10 in the second
half. Every time the Eagles seemed to be starting a run, someone
for the Cavaliers made a play to stem the tide.
Diane's second 3-pointer gave Virginia a 53-38 lead, and the
last made it 58-43 with 7:36 remaining. Singletary followed that
one with one of his own, but said Reynolds was the key, starting
with a deep 3-pointer he made during the first half.
"When he hit that, I knew he was going to be hot," Singletary
Reynolds finished 9-for-15 from the field, 4-for-7 on
The Eagles (21-6, 8-5) had only lost to No. 1 Duke in their last
11 games, but missed their first eight shots and didn't match
Virginia's need to win.
"Right from the very beginning it was clear that Virginia
wanted the game," Boston College coach Al Skinner said. "We did
not at all meet their energy. I thought the game was physical and
we did not respond to that."
Virginia finished 12-for-21 on 3-pointers and shot 52 percent
Craig Smith led Boston College with 22 points and nine rebounds,
and joined Danya Adams as the only Eagles players with 2,000 career
points and 1,000 rebounds.
Tyrese Rice, a freshman who starred at L.C. Bird High School in
Richmond, added 10 points for the Eagles, but did all his scoring
in the first half.
The loss prevented Skinner from breaking a tie with Jim O'Brien
for the career victories lead at the school. Each coached 168