Freshman Douglas scores 33 in loss

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia freshman Sean Singletary gave
coach Pete Gillen the aggressive performance he was looking for.

Singletary scored 15 of his 25 points in the second half,
including eight in a 10-5 run when Virginia (No. 25 ESPN/USA Today, No. 24 AP) went ahead to stay with just over seven minutes left, helping the Cavaliers to an
89-87 victory over Auburn on Friday night.

His solid performance comes one game after a Virginia slipped
past Northwestern 48-44 in the ACC-Big Ten challenge Wednesday

"You've got the take what the defense gives you," the freshman
from Philadelphia said. "They were keying on J.R. (Reynolds) and
Devin (Smith). I had a lot of open opportunities, so I just took
advantage of it."

Singletary hit 9 of 16 shots, including a 3-pointer in the
go-ahead spurt, and grabbed seven rebounds for the Cavaliers. Smith
added 23 points and eight rebounds, Elton Brown scored 17 and
Reynolds scored 12.

The Cavaliers needed all of it to overcome a huge game by Tigers
freshman Toney Douglas, who had 33 points, and a strange ending.

Leading 89-84, Singletary committed a foul in the backcourt with
three seconds left. Ian Young made his first free throw, missed the
second and Quinnel Brown rebounded, scored and was fouled by Smith
with 1.7 seconds remaining. Brown tried to bang a miss off the rim
to allow for a tying tip, but the ball was slapped out to halfcourt
and Virginia held on.

Douglas, who had 38 points in a victory against Nicholls State,
was 11-for-18 from the field and hit five of Auburn's 13

"I love it when teams think that because we're small, they can
blow us out," Douglas said after the Tigers lineup included no
starter taller than 6-foot-6. "They're wrong. We use speed and
shooting to keep us in games."

Nathan Watson and Ronny LeMelle added 15 points each and Young
had 11 as the Tigers shot 52.6 percent and the Cavaliers shot 53.2

"We were fortunate that we were able to score because we
couldn't stop them," Gillen said. "That freshman is

Douglas pulled the Tigers to 79-78 on a 3-pointer with 3:10
left, but after Brown hit two free throws for Virginia, Gary Forbes
knocked the ball away from Douglas a moment later and Smith's
3-pointer made it 84-78.

Another 3-pointer by Watson with 1:34 left pulled the Tigers to
85-82, a margin that
ed better after Jason Clark missed two free throws for the Cavaliers, but two straight scoreless trips down the floor for the Tigers and the first two of Reynolds' late free throws eased the suspense.

The loss was the first for the Tigers (5-1) under coach Jeff

"The ACC's going to be awfully good if that's the eighth-best
team," Lebo, a former star at North Carolina, said. "If
Singletary continues to play that well, they're going to be a tough
matchup for most people."

Rallying to win from a six-point halftime deficit, and on the
heels of a victory Virginia gutted out in a slowdown game at
Northwestern, was crucial to the Cavaliers, who were picked to
finish eighth in the ACC.

"It was a big test," Brown said. "We just stuck together. We
didn't argue. We said we're going to win the game. We took their
best punch and were only down six, so we knew the second half was
going to be our half."

It was, but it was touch-and-go the whole way.

Three free throws by Douglas pulled Auburn even at 64 with 9:25
to play, but two by Singletary and his 3-pointer from the right
corner gave Virginia a 74-70 lead. The Tigers stayed close, but
never caught up again.

The Cavaliers made seven of their first 10 shots, including
three 3-pointers, and led 17-3, then played right into Auburn's
hands, ignoring a height advantage inside and taking mostly
playground shots from outside.

The Tigers took advantage. After missing five of their first six
shots, Auburn hit eight of nine, three of those 3-pointers, and
pulled even at 22 with 11:14 left. Two more 3s in an 8-3 spurt a
short time later gave the Tigers the lead, and they were up 44-38
at the half.