Virginia-Arizona Postgame Notes

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Nov. 12, 2006

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UVa's Mamadi Diane scored the first points in John Paul Jones Arena history with a three-point field goal at the 19:33 mark of the first half.

No. 10 Arizona is second-highest ranked team UVa has ever opened the season against. The Cavaliers opened the 1963-64 season against No. 9 Kentucky (Nov. 30) in Lexington, Ky. UVa lost 75-64.

The first dunk of the John Paul Jones Arena was by Arizona freshman forward Chase Budinger at the 17:50 mark of the first half.

J.R. Reynolds did not start, snapping a streak of 32 consecutive starts. Reynolds extended his streak of consecutive games in double figures in scoring to 25 games with his 10 points off the bench.

Will Harris, Soloman Tat, and Jamil Tucker made their first collegiate appearance. In addition Ryan Pettinella made his first appearance for the Cavaliers.

Mamadi Diane's 25 points tonight are a career high. His previous career high was 18 points against Northwestern on Nov. 30, 2005. It is also the first time since last year's season-opener against Liberty he has led the Cavaliers in scoring, as he tied Sean Singletary for the Cavalier scoring lead. He had gone 17 consecutive games without scoring in double figures (11 points vs. Florida State on Jan. 11, 2006). Tonight was his first start since the Western Kentucky game on Jan. 2, 2006.

Sean Singletary scored 25 points against Arizona marking the 14th time he as scored 20 or more points in a game.

The win marked the first victory over an AP top ten team in Dave Leitao's coaching career (Northeastern, DePaul, and Virginia). Leitao entered the game with a career 0-9 record against top ten teams.

The sellout crowd of 15,219 is the largest crowd to attend a UVa home basketball game.

Jason Cain registered a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds, It is seventh career double-double.

15 NBA scouts were in attendance at tonight's game.