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Strong second half earns Virginia a win over James Madison in home opener

Cavaliers allowed only 11 points in second half

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Courtesy of Virginia Athletics:

Virginia (2-0) outscored JMU (1-1) 34-11 in the second half to cruise to a 65-34 win in the home opener at John Paul Jones Arena on Sunday evening.

Two players finished with double-doubles for the second game in a row as Mamadi Diakite (Conakry, Guinea, Africa) had a career-high 19 points and 13 rebounds along with two blocked shots. Braxton Key (Charlotte, N.C.) had 14 points and 10 boards. Jay Huff (Durham, N.C.) added 11 points and seven rebounds.

Every player that could play in the game appeared for the Cavaliers. UVA shot 38 percent from the field and held JMU to 23 percent shooting. Virginia outrebounded the Dukes, 50-36, and had 22 second chance points. UVA scored 40 points in the paint to six for JMU.
 
HOW IT HAPPENED
Diakite opened the game with a three. UVA had an 11-3 run to begin the game. JMU closed the gap and took a 17-16 lead with 7:26 to go in the first half. Virginia closed the half on a 15-6 run to lead 31-23 at the break.
 
Key scored the first seven points of the second half. Virginia had a 20-3 run to lead 51-26 at the 11:55 mark. UVA held JMU scoreless for 6:12 in that span and allowed just four field goals in the second half.
 
THE GAME BALL GOES TO
Mamadi Diakite had career-highs in points (19) and rebounds (13) with two blocks, one steal and no turnovers in 29 minutes.
 
NOTES
• UVA has held its first two opponents to fewer than 40 points for the first time in the shot clock era and since 1943-44 season
• JMU's 11 second-half points were fewest for an opponent at JPJ (Georgia Tech, 12, in 2015)
• Diakite had his first career double-double with 19 points and 13 rebounds
• Key had his first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds
• Kody Stattmann made his first career start
• Justin McKoy had four points for his first collegiate points