Cavs Upend Canes, 81-70
Feb. 3, 2007
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -Sean Singletary and J.R Reynolds combined for 40 points and surging Virginia moved into a three-way tie for first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference on Saturday night with a 81-70 victory against Miami.
The victory was the sixth straight for the Cavaliers (15-6, 7-2) and earned them a share of the top spot with Boston College, which beat No. 16 Virginia Tech 80-59 earlier, and No. 3 North Carolina, which lost 83-79 to resurgent N.C. State.
Miami (9-14, 2-7) trailed 41-27 at halftime and never got closer than 11 in the second half. The Hurricanes lost their sixth in a row and 10th in their last 12.
Singletary finished with 22 points, Reynolds had 18 and Mamadi Diane 14 for Virginia, which sorely needed a drama-free victory. Less than 48 hours earlier, they came from behind to beat eighth-ranked Duke 68-66 in overtime on a shot by Singletary.
The six-game winning streak in the ACC is Virginia’s longest since it also won six in a row during the 1994-95 season, and comes as the Cavaliers prepare for a tough week. They play at Maryland on Tuesday night and at Virginia Tech next Saturday.
The Cavaliers used a barrage of 3-pointers in the first half to pull comfortably ahead. Leading 9-8, they got 3-pointers from Diane, Adrian Joseph and Reynolds in a span of 62 seconds to open an 18-8 lead. Later, they held Miami without a point for nearly seven minutes and turned a 21-18 advantage into a 34-18 lead with 6:08 left.
The Cavaliers were 8-for-16 on 3-pointers in the half and five players made them.
The Hurricanes shot just 29 percent, making 10 of 34 shots overall.