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Nov. 20, 2004

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The Game

Virginia opened the 2004-05 season with an 88-55 win Friday night over Robert Morris at University Hall. Devin Smith led Virginia with 16 points, as four Cavaliers scored in double figures. It marked the seventh consecutive season that the Cavaliers have opened the season with a victory. Arizona stands 2-0 in 2004-2005 after winning a pair of home games earlier this week in the Preseason NIT. The Wildcats topped San Diego 80-69 on Tuesday and Wright State 83-66 on Thursday. Following today’s game, Arizona will travel to New York for the semifinals of the Preseason NIT.

Cavaliers Open Season Strong

Virginia began the 2004-2005 season with an 88-55 win over Robert Morris Friday night at University Hall. The Cavaliers have won seven consecutive season openers and 16 of the last 18. Overall, UVa is 80-20 (.800) all-time in season openers.

Devin Smith led four Cavaliers in double-digit scoring with 16 points. J.R. Reynolds scored 15 points and Elton Brown posted his fifth career double-double with his 13 point, 12 rebound performance. Jason Clark added 10 points for the Cavaliers.

The Cavaliers’ 33-point margin of victory over the Colonials was Virginia’s most lopsided win since a 93-59 (+34) win over VMI on January 24, 2002. It was the largest margin of victory in a season opener since a 96-50 (+46) win over Long Island to open the 2000-01 season.

Highly Ranked Foe Invades Charlottesville

Arizona enters the game ranked No. 10 in the latest Associated Press poll. Although the Cavaliers routinely meet top-ten opponents in conference play, the Wildcats are the first top-ten non-conference opponent for the Cavaliers since they downed No. 4 Tennessee 107-89 on December 19, 2000 in East Rutherford, N.J. The Wildcats are the first non-ACC top-ten team to visit University Hall since the Cavaliers topped No. 8 Louisville 98-81 on January 29, 1983.

Brown Closing in on 1,000

Elton Brown is within two points of reaching the 1,000 point mark for his career after amassing 985 points in his first three seasons and scoring 13 points in the 88-55 season opening win over Robert Morris on Friday. With two points today, he will become the 38th player in school history to score 1,000 career points.

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