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Virginia takes care of James Madison
Charlottesville, VA (SportsNetwork.com) - Anthony Gill led the way with 13 points to help the 24th-ranked Virginia Cavaliers defeat the James Madison Dukes by a 61-41 margin at John Paul Jones Arena.
Gill made all five of his field goal attempts and Mike Tobey scored 10 for the Cavaliers. Malcolm Brogdon added nine points and Darion Atkins contributed eight with 11 rebounds in the victory. Virginia (1-0) has won all nine games against James Madison dating back to 1977-78.
"It was great. It was a great feeling just being out there with my teammates, not watching from the sidelines. Getting my first win since my freshman year was nice. I have easy teammates to play with. We're really unselfish and play well together. I'm really excited for our future," said Brogdon.
Tom Vodanovich tallied 11 points for the Dukes (0-1). Charles Cooke and Ron Curry both added nine points in the defeat.
"We have a team that is willing to share the ball, but we haven't learned how to do it against outside competition just yet. I think the guys need to take advantage of the situation and it's just not how you want to play winning basketball. This was a good learning experience for us. As a coaching staff we will look at the tape and get better from it," commented James Madison head coach Matt Brady.
Virginia went on an early 17-1 run in the first half. Tobey sank a hook shot at 10:06 to snap a three-minute span that saw no points for either team.
After a layup from Gill made it 19-11 for Virginia at 7:43, both teams could not add a single point until Akil Mitchell drove in for a layup at 4:24 for Virginia.
Curry drained a three with 1:14 remaining to halt a scoreless streak of over seven minutes for JMU. The Cavaliers took a 32-14 lead into halftime.
The Cavaliers doubled James Madison's offensive output when Justin Anderson drove in for a layup to make it 46-23 at 11:47 of the second half.
Vodanovich and Andrey Semenov drained consecutive 3-pointers to make it 48-29 at the 8:17 mark, but Joe Harris answered right back with a three of his own at 7:54 to stop any momentum that James Madison might have gained.
Jackson Kent added the final four points for James Madison on a layup and free throw shots before a layup from Atkins at 1:56 accounted for the final score.
Virginia is now 15-1 in its last 16 season-openers ... Virginia is among the preseason Top 25 for the first time since the 2001-02 campaign ... James Madison shot for 31.3 percent from the floor and 6-of-25 from beyond the arc.
11/09 01:21:07 ET
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