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Virginia Basketball Postgame Notes
NCAA 1st Round Game vs. Albany
March 16, 2007 o Nationwide Arena o Columbus, OH
Virginia's field goal shooting was its best of the year. The Cavaliers connected on 30 of 56 shots (53.6 percent), bettering their previous best shooting game of 53.2 percent (33-62) vs. Maryland Eastern Shore (11/26/06).
Sean Singletary's nine assists equaled his career high and the team's season best individual effort. He had nine vs. Maryland Eastern Shore earlier this season and nine against Maryland on Feb. 19, 2005.
Albany's five free throws made equaled the season low against the Cavaliers this year and the seven FT attempts was a season low. The previous lows were 5 for 10 by Maryland Eastern Shore.
UVa's nine three pointers equaled the school record for threes in a NCAA contest. The Cavaliers had nine vs. Arizona in 1994 (9-28).
UVa's rebound margin (+16, 41-25) tied the school's NCAA record. The Cavaliers were +16 (44-28) vs. UAB in 1982 tourney action.
Today's game was Virginia coach Dave Leitao's second NCAA victory. In 2004 he led DePaul to a first-round win against Dayton 76-69. The Blue Demons lost to Connecticut in the second round 72-55.
J.R. Reynolds tied the UVa NCAA record with five three-pointers. It marks the fifth time a Cavalier has recorded five threes in a NCAA contest.
Virginia's victory marks the first time the Cavaliers have won in the NCAA Tournament since they defeated Kansas 67-58 in 1995 in the Sweet 16. Kansas was the No. 1 seed in the Midwest that year. The Cavaliers now stand 22-15 in 16 NCAA appearances.
UVa's 21 wins this season are the most since the team went 25-9 in 1994-95. That year the Cavaliers advanced to the NCAA Midwest Regional Finals, losing to Arkansas for the chance to advance to the Final Four.
Virginia's 84-57 victory against Albany is the widest margin of victory (27 points) by any Cavalier team in the NCAA Championships. The previous best was a 24-point decision (96-72) vs. Nicholls State in the first round of the 1995 NCAA Tournament. Just like this year, that season the Cavaliers were a No. 4 seed and Nicholls State was No. 13.
J.R. Reynolds finished today's game with 28 points. That ties as the fifth-best scoring effort by a Cavalier in NCAA Championship play. Richard Morgan had two 33-point efforts in NCAA play in 1989 games vs. Providence (first round) and Middle Tennessee State (second round) for the most points by a Virginia player in NCAA Tournament play.
J.R. Reynolds had five three-pointers in today's UVa victory. His career high is six vs. Wake Forest (Jan. 21, 2007).
J.R. Reynold's 23 first half points are the most in an opening half by a UVa player in NCAA play. Richard Morgan scored 20 vs. Providence in the opening round in 1989 on the way to a 33-point outing.
Virginia shot 15 for 28 (53.6 percent) from the field in the first half of today's game. That is the third best total this year. The Cavaliers were 22 of 36 (61.1 percent) vs. Longwood. UVa was 19 for 32 (59.4 percent) vs. Gonzaga.
J.R. Reynolds' 23 first half points were the most first-half points by a Cavalier this year, but not his high total for a half this season. He had 24 in the second half of UVa's 71-58 win at N.C. State on Jan. 24. He finished that game with 29 points.
When J.R. Reynolds hit a three-pointer with 10:33 to go in the first half to record his 11th point in the game. It marked the 21st consecutive contest the Cavalier senior guard has scored in double figures.
Coming into Friday's game UVa guard J.R. Reynolds was in a shooting slump, having made just nine of 44 field goals attempts (20.5 percent) over the Cavaliers last three games. He made just three of 14 three-point attempts during that series of games.
Sean Singletary scored in double figures for the 21st consecutive game this season.
UVa's backcourt of Sean Singletary and J.R. Reynolds both scored in double figures for the 21st consecutive game.
Today's game marks the fourth time this season that J.R. Reynolds and Sean Singletary each scored at least 20 points in a game. Others were NC State (Jan. 24), American (Dec. 28) and Georgia Tech (Feb. 24). It is the sixth time in their careers they have done it.
Tunji Soroye finished the game with a season high nine points. His previous best this year was six vs. Georgia Tech (Feb. 24). His career high is 12 points vs. Fordham (Dec. 7, 2005).
The Cavaliers limited Albany to just 33.3 percent (10 for 30) shooting in the first half of today's game. That is a significant improvement from UVa's last outing. After holding NC State to just 33 percent (8 of 24) in the first half of the two team's ACC Tournament game, the Wolfpack connected on 17 of 23 (73.9 percent) second-half shots and finished the game at 53.2 percent.
Adrian Joseph attempted his first free throw in a UVa game since the Dec. 20 loss vs. Utah in Puerto Rico. He played in 21 games before today without attempting a free throw. Entering today's game he was 3-4 from the charity stripe on the season.
Virginia started the combination of Jason Cain (F), Mamadi Diane (F), Tunji Soroye (C), J.R. Reynolds (G) and Sean Singletary (G) for the eighth consecutive game.