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 Virginia 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.
Brogdon made a 3 from the top of the key on Virginia's first possession. Only 4 minutes into the game, the Cavaliers had a 13-5 lead and James Madison called a timeout.
The Dukes steadied themselves and cut the deficit to 13-10 at the 13:11 mark with a 3-pointer by Vodanovich, but Virginia's rebounding advantage (22-14 in the first half) wore down JMU.
Virginia's perimeter shooting was spotty much of the first half, but the Cavaliers pushed their lead to 23-11 with 4:24 left on Akil Mitchell's three-point play.
Virginia finished a 17-1 run to increase its lead to 30-11, with Brogdon hitting his third 3-pointer of the half. The Dukes went almost 7 minutes without scoring before Curry's 3-pointer with 1:13 remaining halted the spurt.
The Cavaliers led 32-14 at halftime and pressed their advantage early in the second half. A short drive and finger roll by Justin Anderson made it 43-21 with 13:20 left, prompting JMU to call another timeout.
Tobey's rebound and dunk off Darion Atkins' miss punctuated a run that extended Virginia's lead to 25 points with 10:44 left.
JMU cut it to 48-29 with 8:17 remaining when Vodanovich and Andrey Semenov hit 3-pointers on consecutive possessions.