Anthony Gill scored 13 points in his Virginia debut and the 24th-ranked Cavaliers held James Madison scoreless for nearly 7 minutes in the first half on the way to a 61-41 victory Friday night in the season opener for both teams.
Mike Tobey added 10 points and Malcolm Brogdon had nine for the Cavaliers. Virginia got only five points from first-team all-ACC guard Joe Harris, but a pair of sophomores led the way.
Gill, a transfer from South Carolina, shot 5 for 5 from the field. Brogdon, who missed last season following foot surgery, hit a trio of 3-pointers in the opening 20 minutes as UVA built a 19-point cushion.
Tom Vodanovich had 11 points and four rebounds for the Dukes. Ron Curry added nine points, four assists and four rebounds, but JMU could not keep pace from the opening tip.