Virginia Men's Basketball Hosts Loyola College Friday Evening
Dec. 22, 2005
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. –
Virginia enters tonight’s game with a 3-4 overall record and a 0-1 mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Cavaliers are coming off an 80-69 loss to 10th-ranked Gonzaga (Dec. 17) in Spokane, Wash.
Loyola College (Md.) stands at 5-1 on the season. The Greyhounds had their season-opening five-game winning streak snapped with an 85-73 loss to Manhattan (Dec. 11) in Baltimore, Md.
The Series vs. Loyola (Md.)
Virginia leads the series with Loyola 6-0, including a 98-67 victory over the Greyhounds in University Hall on Dec. 8, 1999, in the last meeting between the two schools. Prior to the 1999 meeting, UVa won 89-70 at Loyola on Dec. 30, 1998. Four of the six games in the series have been played in Charlottesville. Virginia defeated Loyola 67-61 at home in the 1996-97 season and 72-60 in U-Hall in the 1984-85 campaign. The series dates back to the 1913-14 and 1914-15 seasons with the Cavaliers winning 34-33 in Baltimore and 48-26 in Charlottesville, respectively.
Virginia vs. the MAAC
This is Virginia’s first and only game against a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) team this season. It is also the first meeting against a MAAC opponent since a 1999 meeting with Loyola.
The Cavaliers are 12-0 all-time against current teams in the MAAC with Loyola being the only school Virginia has played more than twice. UVa is 6-0 all-time against Loyola and 2-0 vs. Fairfield. The Cavaliers hold a 1-0 edge over Canisius, Iona, Manhattan and Siena. Virginia has never faced Marist, Niagara, Rider or St. Peter’s.
Singletary Named ACC Player of the Week
Sophomore guard Sean Singletary was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week on Dec. 19. Singletary scored a career-high 35 points in UVa’s 80-69 loss to 10th-ranked Gonzaga (Dec. 17). In addition to the 35 points, Singletary tied his career high with six steals and added six rebounds and four assists.
Singletary, who was a five-time ACC Rookie of the Week last season, is the first UVa player to garner the ACC’s Player of the Week award since Elton Brown captured the honor on Dec. 27, 2004.
Singletary is currently second in the ACC and 37th in the nation in scoring at 20.2 points per game.