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    Virginia Pulls Away From Wildcats, 72-57

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Tim Doyle had 13 points and five assists for the Wildcats. (AP file photo)
    Tim Doyle had 13 points and five assists for the Wildcats. (AP file photo)

    Nov. 30, 2005

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    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Sean Singletary scored 19 of his 23 points in the second half Wednesday night and sparked a 24-9 run just after the intermission as Virginia beat Northwestern 72-57 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

    The Cavaliers (3-1) trailed 27-26 at halftime, but Singletary had a 3-pointer and three-point play in the first 1:20 of the second half to start the burst. He added two more 3-pointers and Mamadi Diane capped the run with another for the Cavaliers.

    Northwestern (3-3), which lost 48-44 on its home floor to Virginia last year, got 21 points from Vedran Vukusic and 13 from Tim Doyle. The Wildcats, however, missed their first 15 3-point shots and finished just 3-for-22 from behind the arc.

    Virginia hit eight 3-pointers, with Singletary getting four after halftime. Reynolds added 13 points and Diane, a freshman, and Adrian Joseph had 10 each for Virginia.

    The Cavaliers, with only seven recruited scholarship players available, got into serious foul trouble in the first half as Singletary, Diane, Tunji Soroye and Laurynas Mikalauskas were whistled for two fouls each. That caused coach Dave Leitao to use walk-on Billy Campbell, who hit one of Virginia's two 3-pointers in the half.

    But Northwestern, which was 0-for-9 from behind the arc in the first 20 minutes, continued to rely almost entirely on Vukusic until he drew his fourth foul with 11 minutes left. By then, the Cavaliers' lead was 47-36 and they weren't threatened.

    Virginia scored the last five points of the first half, but the burst followed a 15-2 run by the Wildcats over 8 minutes and Northwestern led 27-26 at the break.

    Vukusic had six of his 14 points in the run for the Wildcats, and 5-foot-9 Michael Jenkins had five, including a steal, layup, three-point play and a slap on a loose ball that kept it alive in Northwestern's end, leading to Doyle's driving layup.



    Postgame Notes:

  • With 21 points, Vedran Vukusic moved up two spots to 13th on Northwestern's all-time scoring list with 1,194 points, passing Todd Leslie (1989-94; 1,185) and Patrick Baldwin (1990-94; 1,189).

  • Vukusic has hit the 20-point plateau each game this season. He also led the Wildcats with six rebounds. He failed to connect on a three-pointer for the first time this season.

  • Vukusic recorded a career-high with nine free throws. He was 9-of-12 on the night. His previous high was against Indiana (2/25/04) when he went 8-for-8.

  • After trailing by as much as eight early in the game, Northwestern ran off an 11-0 run late in the first half over a span of 5:20 to take a 27-21 lead and led 27-26 at the break.

  • The 72 points by Virginia were the most given up by the Wildcats this season.

  • Northwestern lost for the first time this year when leading at the half (2-1) and for just the 12th time in the Bill Carmody era (52-12).

  • Tim Doyle was 6-of-9 for 13 points and five assists.

  • Freshman Craig Moore and redshirt freshman Sterling Williams made their first career starts. Moore finished with four points and three assists.

  • Michael Jenkins had a season-high eight points, including one three-pointer off the bench.

  • Northwestern outscored Virginia 32-24 in the paint but lost the rebounding battle 36-26.

  • Attendance: 7,731