Saturday, March 17, 2007

ALWAYS DOWN, BUT HARDLY EVER OUT

Flat on his back after a hard foul, J.R. Reynolds figured he might as well give it a shot. Why not? Everything else was going in. The high-scoring guard with a balky hip made shots from everywhere on the court Friday -- including a just-for-fun fling from his back -- while leading Virginia to an 84-57 victory over Albany in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Reynolds hit 9-13 shots, 5 of 7 from treyville and 5 of 6 from the charity stripe for 28 points. "You know I practice that 'lay down on the floor on your back' shot at the $130 million John Paul Jones Arena," said Reynolds. "It always goes in, but, oddly enough, every shot always goes in at the $130 million John Paul Jones Arena."

Sean Singeltary made 9 of 15 shots, 2 of 4 from behind the 3 point arc and 3 of 5 from the free throw line for 23 points. That's 51 points between them. Albany only scored 57.

Everything came easy for the Cavaliers (21-10), who advanced in the South Regional with their first tournament win since 1995, when they reached the Elite Eight, and will play Tennessee on Sunday. It was their most lopsided win in 37 NCAA Tournament games.

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