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Dec. 8, 2004

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – Virginia was coming off a loss for the firsttime this season and it was a tough road loss just two days earlier.

Despite playing their fifth game in 11 days, the 19th-ranked Cavaliers beatFurman 79-67 on Wednesday night.

“It was a tough, hard-fought game and we knew it would be,” Virginia coachPete Gillen said. “There wasn’t much left in the tank. We had no energy, nolegs and were emotionally drained.”

Gary Forbes scored 21 points for the Cavaliers (7-1), who lost 81-79 at IowaState on Monday night.

“He does a lot of good things and he did them tonight,” Gillen said ofForbes.

J.R. Reynolds added 18 points for the Cavaliers, who broke the game openwith a late 20-10 run, while Elton Brown had 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Quan Prowell led Furman (3-4) with 14 points.

It was a tough, hard-fought game and we knew it would be.

The Cavaliers led 59-54 with 7:44 left in the game before Devin Smithignited the deciding run with a jumper with 6:31 remaining. Virginia went up70-58 when Reynolds converted an alley-oop pass from Sean Singletary with 4:23left in the contest.

The Paladins briefly cut the margin to eight but Reynolds hit a jumper, a3-pointer and then fed Forbes for a layup as Virginia went ahead 77-64 with2:09 remaining.

Furman coach Larry Davis said he knew it wasn’t easy for Virginia to comeback after the loss at Iowa State.

“To Pete’s credit, he got them to play,” Davis said.

Brown made two free throws with 4 seconds left in the half to give Virginiaa 38-37 lead.

Smith had a career-high 40 points against Iowa State, finishing 11-for-17from the field and 14-for-15 from the free throw line. He had 10 points againstFurman on 4-for-14 shooting from the field.

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