Gonzaga 87

(9-6, 2-4 away)

Virginia 108

(9-3, 1-0 ACC)

    9:00 PM ET, January 3, 2007

    John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, Virginia

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    GONZ 26 6187
    UVA 60 48108

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    Gonzaga: D. Raivio 26 Pts, 2 Reb, 1 Stl

    Virginia: S. Singletary 37 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl

    Virginia 108, Gonzaga 87

    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.

    Gonzaga (9-6) never got closer than 25 until the final minutes. The Bulldogs got 26 points from Derek Raivio, all but five in the second half, and 16 from Sean Mallon.

    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 field goal.

    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 first half.

    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 and Hampton.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 87 108
    FG Made-Attempted 26-65 (.400) 32-63 (.508)
    3P Made-Attempted 10-24 (.417) 18-34 (.529)
    FT Made-Attempted 25-29 (.862) 26-37 (.703)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 29 (0/0) 27 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 36

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