- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Last night at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville:


The biggest impression Virginia’s new arena makes on a first-time visitor — especially one familiar with cozy-though-outdated University Hall — is how bright the new building is. In addition to the improved lighting, JPJ is unquestionably more like a pro arena than a college venue. And for those concerned with the architectural impact on Mr. Jefferson’s university, don’t fret — it’s as aesthetically pleasing from the exterior as the inside.


26 Points for Virginia guard Mamadi Diane, a career high. The DeMatha product has taken well to big games at the Cavaliers’ first-year arena, scoring 25 points against Arizona and 22 points against Gonzaga before his outburst against the Terrapins.


Virginia guard Sean Singletary possesses as deep a range as any guard in the ACC and proved it with a leaning 23-footer over a surprised Parrish Brown to make it 34-20. It was the finest play of the Cavaliers’ 9-0 run to double their nine-point lead.

Patrick Stevens

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