Virginia erupted for its largest point production in three years tonight in a seemingly effortless 106-68 mastery over Providence in the Sugar Bowl Classic basketball tournament at the Superdome.
The margin is the largest in the history of the tournament.
Lee Raker drilled 29 points, Jeff Lamp 18 and Steve Castellan 17 as Virginia totally outclassed the young Friars.
Reggie King scored 16 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Alabama in a tough one over Bradley in tonight's first game, 66-64, to set an Alabama-Virginia final Friday night.
The Cavaliers are the tournament's defending champions.
Providence was incapable of doing much better than it did. The Friars started a 6-foot-5 center, two freshmen and two sophomores and paid the price.
Raker scored 18 of his points in the first half as the Cavaliers raced to a 53-31 lead.
Virginia kept pressing and putting in fresh reserves and Providence wilted.
The Friars' only bright moments came early. They reeled off 10 straight points for a 10-4 lead. Virginia settled down after that, and Providence was in trouble.
The frustrated Friars turned the ball over 16 times in the first half (26 for the game) and in one five-minute stretch and five turnovers and missed seven of nine shots.
Castellan did most of his scoring from in close. The Friars didn't have anyone who could even look him in the chin.
Raker, who played only 25 minutes, produced most of his from long range. Lamp was deadly from all over.
The Cavalier record rose to 5-2; Providence fell to 4-5.
Alabama did not look impressive against scrappy Bradley, but had the muscle to survive.
Leroy Scott's two free throws with four seconds left provided the decisive margin.
Bradley's 6-7 freshman guard, Mitchell Anderson had 24 points.
Virginia, which won its first three games before dropping the next two, has won two in a row.