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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.
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Date published: 1/22/2007
Sophomore swingman Mamadi Diane, who was coming off a career-high 26 points against Maryland, got going. He scored all 10 of his points in the second half as the Cavaliers' lead grew as high as 14 points.
Diane opened the second half with two early 3s, stretching Virginia's lead to eight.
"That's kind of disrespectful when you shut two guys out and leave everybody else in the zone with no man responsibilities," Singletary said of Wake's defensive strategy. "Mamadi took advantage of that. He's a great scorer. I guess they didn't see that he just got 26."
Prosser defended his move, saying he didn't like seeing Reynolds and Singletary score so freely in the first half.
He admitted that it was a gamble, but he needed to see if players like Diane and Cain could make open shots.
"Did you see the first half?" Prosser asked a reporter who questioned his strategy. "[Reynolds and Singletary] had 37 out of 40 points. We had to try something. What we were doing with those two kids in the first half wasn't working."
The Cavaliers went on a 12-2 run at the start of the second half.
Cain, Diane and sophomore forward Laurynas Mikalauskas scored all 12 points during the run. The Demon Deacons never recovered. The closest they got the rest of the way was eight points.
Diane became aggressive in the second half, even calling for the ball on one occasion.
"When I realized what they were doing, I saw an opportunity," Diane said. "They didn't want to play me, so I just had to take it to them."
While the supporting cast stepped up in the second half, the first belonged to Reynolds and Singletary.
The Cavaliers led 13-2 early in the half, but Wake Forest rallied and led briefly.
After Cain opened the game with a baseline jumper, Singletary and Reynolds scored the Cavaliers' next 24 points. The run was stopped by a Tunji Soroye free throw with 5:52 left.
"J.R. and Sean in the first half were nothing short of phenomenal--making plays and shooting deep, deep 3s," Cavaliers coach Dave Leitao said. "Both of them in the first half just backed up and still made shots. When they do that, it makes the game a little more simple for us."
The Cavaliers look to get their first road win on Wednesday when they visit N.C. State at 9 p.m.
WAKE FOREST (9-9, 1-5)
Swinton 0-1 5-6 5, Drum 4-8 0-0 10, Visser 2-10 4-6 10, ISmith 5-12 1-2 13, Williams 4-8 0-0 8, Dukes 1-2 0-0 2, Hale 3-7 3-4 11, Stanley 0-2 0-0 0, Skeen 6-9 0-2 14, Gurley 1-5 0-0 3, Weaver 0-2 2-2 2. Totals 26-66 15-22 76.
VIRGINIA (11-6, 3-2)
Mikalauskas 1-2 0-0 2, Cain 4-6 2-2 10, Reynolds 12-18 10-10 40, Diane 4-8 0-0 10, Singletary 5-8 6-6 19, Harris 0-2 0-3 0, Tucker 0-1 0-0 0, Soroye 0-0 1-1 1, Joseph 3-8 0-0 6, Burns 0-0 0-0 0, Tat, 0-2 0-0 0, Meyinsse 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-55 19-22 88.
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