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Nov. 23, 2004

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The Game

Virginia enters tonight’s game with a 2-0 record this season after posting wins over Robert Morris (88-55) and then No. 10 Arizona (78-60) last week at University Hall. The Cavaliers are looking to start the year 3-0 for the fifth consecutive season. After last week’s victories, Virginia nearly cracked this week’s AP poll, as the Cavaliers are the first team also receiving votes. Appalachian State stands 1-0 in 2004-2005 after downing Erskine College 79-49 on Saturday. The Mountaineers return four starters from last year’s squad, which posted a 9-21 record, 4-12 in the Southern Conference.

Cavaliers Down Top Ten Foe

Virginia defeated then No. 10 Arizona 78-60 Sunday night at University Hall, for its first win over a top ten team since the 2002-03 season. That year, the Cavaliers topped No. 8 Maryland 86-78 at the Comcast Center. The Arizona win was the Cavaliers’ first over a non-conference top ten team since a 107-89 win over No. 4 Tennessee on December 19, 2000.

Singletary ACC Rookie of the Week

Virginia freshman Sean Singletary was honored as the ACC Rookie of the Week after his play in the first two games of the season. In UVa’s 88-55 win over Robert Morris (Nov. 19), Singletary had game-high totals of seven assists and three steals, while scoring six points and grabbing three rebounds. In the Cavaliers’ 78-60 win over nationally-ranked Arizona (Nov. 21), Singletary had game-high totals of eight assists and six steals, while scoring 15 points with six rebounds.

Cavaliers Down Arizona to Move to 2-0

Virginia downed then No. 10 Arizona 78-60 on Sunday to improve to 2-0 on the season.

Offensively, the Cavaliers had a balanced attack with four players scoring in double figures. Devin Smith led Virginia with 17 points, Elton Brown and Sean Singletary each scored 15 points, and Gary Forbes came off the bench to score 13 points.

Defensively, the Cavaliers posted a strong performance, holding the Wildcats, the nation’s highest scoring team a season ago, to 60 points. It was the lowest point total for Arizona since a 74-60 loss at Michigan State on December 15, 2001 (a span of 92 games). Virginia forced 21 Arizona turnovers, 15 of which came by way of Cavalier steals.

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