Virginia Faces Longwood On Friday
CHARLOTTESVILLEThe Virginia men’s basketball team is back in action on Friday, Dec. 7, when the Cavaliers host Longwood at John Paul Jones Arena. The Cavaliers are looking to bounce back from Wednesday’s 70-68 home loss to Syracuse.
Friday’s game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on ACC Select at www.accselect.com.
Virginia enters the game with a 6-2 record this season and a 20-2 record all-time at John Paul Jones Arena. The loss to Syracuse broke a 12-game home winning streak for the Cavaliers.
Senior forward Adrian Joseph had his third double-double of the season against Syracuse with 19 points and 13 rebounds. He has had double figure rebounds in four of Virginia’s last five games.
Senior guard Sean Singletary and junior forward/guard Mamadi Diane each scored 10 points against the Orange on Wednesday, and Singletary had nine assists. Singletary has totaled 19 assists in the last two games.
Singletary leads the team in scoring (19.1 ppg.) and assists (7.1 apg.). Diane is averaging 12.6 points a game, while Joseph is averaging 11.9 points a game and leads the team in rebounding with an average of 8.8 rebounds a game.
Virginia has defeated Longwood at home each of the last two seasons and those are the only two games in the series. The Cavaliers won 91-56 during the 2005-06 season and 90-49 during the 2006-07 season.
Longwood enters Wednesday’s game with a 2-8 record and is coming off an 84-52 loss at James Madison on Wednesday (Dec. 5). The Lancers have lost their last seven games.
Three players are averaging in double figures in scoring for the Lancers. Junior forward Kirk Williams leads the team with averages of 18.0 points and 6.7 rebounds game, and junior guard Ryan Bogan is averaging 10.5 points and 5.3 rebounds a game. Junior guard/forward Dana Smith is the third double figure scorer for Longwood with an average of 10.4 points a game.
Mike Gillian is in his fifth year as Longwood’s head coach. Longwood completed its four-year reclassification period from Division II to Division I last year.
After Friday’s game, Virginia takes a break for exams. The Cavaliers return to action on Dec. 19 against Hampton at John Paul Jones Arena. That game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on ACC Select at www.accselect.com.