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Virginia's Mamadi Diane draws a reach-in foul from the Deacons' Cameron Stanley during the second half yesterday. Diane stepped up for the Cavs when Wake Forest tried to halt Virginia's top scorers.
ANDREW SHURTLEFF/THE DAILY PROGRESS
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Date published: 1/22/2007
CHARLOTTESVILLE--Virginia senior shooting guard J.R. Reynolds swears he never looked up at the scoreboard to see how many points he had in yesterday's Atlantic Coast Conference match-up with Wake Forest.
So instead of focusing on numbers, Reynolds just kept playing.
And by the end of the game, he had a career-high 40 points, and the Cavaliers held off the Demon Deacons for an 88-76 ACC victory at John Paul Jones Arena.
The Cavaliers (11-6, 3-2 ACC) are now 10-1 at their new home.
"I just wanted to keep the ball going, keep the baskets going," Reynolds said. "I was just being aggressive. Not one time did I look up at the scoreboard."
Reynolds' big day came despite sitting out seven minutes in the first half with two fouls.
His 40 points are the most in the ACC by any player this year, eclipsing teammate Sean Singletary's 37 against Gonzaga. It's also the most any Cavalier has poured in since Devin Smith scored 40 against Iowa State in 2004.
No Wake Forest opponent had scored that many since Davidson's John Gerdy scored 40 in 1977.
Demon Deacons head coach Skip Prosser was certainly impressed with Reynolds, who shot 12-of-18 from the floor, 10-of-10 from the free throw line and six-of-eight on 3-pointers.
"Forty points. How much more impressive do you want to get?" Prosser said. "I'm impressed. Obviously we had no answer for him."
Singletary, the ACC's leading scorer, added 19 points for Virginia.
Wake Forest (9-9, 1-5) was paced by 14 points and eight rebounds from freshman forward Jamie Skeen.
Kyle Visser, the league's fourth-leading scorer, was held to eight points on two-of-10 shooting.
Virginia shot 53 percent for the game and made 11 3-pointers, including a combined nine from Singletary and Reynolds.
"Some of those 3s were like fours," Prosser said.
The Cavaliers led 40-38 at halftime.
However, there was just one problem: Reynolds and Singletary had scored 37 of the 40 points.
Reynolds had 20 and Singletary had 17, but senior forward Jason Cain was the only other Virginia player with a field goal.
That prompted Prosser to switch to a triangle-and-two defense, focused on stopping Reynolds and Singletary.
The strategy backfired.