CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Sean Singletary watched the ball
arching toward the basket and saw it swish through, his fifth
3-pointer in the first 10 minutes.
Backing up on defense, he shook his head.
"Not wonderment," he said when asked if he was surprising even
himself with his hot hand in Virginia's 108-87 victory against
Gonzaga on Wednesday night, when he scored a career-best 37 points.
"I was just wondering why they didn't play more `D."
So, too, was Zags coach Mark Few, who saw his team allow a
Cavaliers record 18 3-pointers in 34 tries in a game that wasn't
nearly as close as the final suggests.
"That's as bad as we've been beaten certainly in the eight
years I've been the head coach. Virginia's effort level was far
superior, their execution was far superior, their toughness was far
superior to anything that we showed," he said.
Singletary hit seven 3-pointers and did his damage in just 25
minutes. He had lots of help, too, as Mamadi Diane hit all four of
his 3-point tries and scored 22, J.R. Reynolds hit two and scored
15 and Jamil Tucker hit three and finished with 12 points.
"When they shoot the ball like that, run the floor like that,
compete like that, they're something," Few said. "They didn't hit
any resistance, so I can't tell you just how good they were, but
tonight they were really good."
Singletary scored 21 in the first half as Virginia (9-3) made 12
3-pointers, shot 60 percent and dominated the entire way to lead
60-26 at halftime.
The domination at both ends -- Gonzaga had only eight field goals
in the half and shot under 27 percent -- left Virginia coach Dave
Leitao with a bit of a quandary.
"I didn't have a 34-point lead speech planned," he said.
Singletary, who scored 33 points and combined with Reynolds for
59 in a 91-70 victory against American a week ago, hit three
3-pointers in the first 2:39. The first came from about 20 feet,
the second from about 24 and the third from about 28. The last one
also sparked a 20-2 run as the Bulldogs went six minutes without a
The fast start for Singletary was just like the last game,
Leitao said, and "nothing short of magnificent. ... He really
energizes us with his spirit."
Gonzaga's biggest run was 6-2, getting them within 34-17, but
Reynolds hit a 13-footer and then a 25-footer to spark a 21-8 burst
that made it 55-22 with 2:38 left.
Gonzaga made only eight field goals and shot 27 percent in the
Singletary, whose previous best of 35 points came against the
Bulldogs last year in Washington, finished 9-for-16 overall,
7-for-12 on 3-pointers and 12-for-14 at the line. He also had five
rebounds and three steals before watching the end on the bench.
Josh Heytvelt, who came in as Gonzaga's No. 2 scorer with a
16-point average, missed all six of his shots and did not score. He
watched much of the second half from the bench. Jeremy Pargo added
13 points for the Zags, who made 10 3-pointers.
Virginia's 18 3s broke its mark of 15 set against North Carolina
Colorado State graduate transfer John Gillon has chosen Syracuse, giving the Orange a potential starter at point guard entering the 2016-17 season.
DeSean Murray, who averaged 20.2 points as a sophomore at Presbyterian, will transfer to Auburn to play for coach Bruce Pearl.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.