Lee Raker scored a season-- high 26 points, Jeff Lamp added 18 and Ralph Sampson added 16 points, 15 rebounds and 12 blocked shots as Virginia thrashed Army, 84-60, to win the consolation game of the 13th annual Cable Car Classic in Toso Pavilion last night. Santa Clara and San Jose State met late last night for the championship.
Baker was named the Most Valuable Player in the tournament. Lamp was selected for the All-Tournament team.
The 12th-ranked Cavaliers (7-1) dominated from the outset, outscoring the undermanned Cadets, 18-2, in the game's first 6 1/3 minutes, and West Point never got closer than 14 points after that.
Raker scored Virginia's first eight points, and finished the night hitting 12 of 17 shots en route to his 26-point effort. It was not his career high, however; he scored 28 points three times last season.
Army (2-4) helped seal its down early to missing 13 consecutive shots (including three Sampson blocks) in the early going, and shot a poor 27.3 percent in the first half, (33.3 for the game on 24 of 72 shots). The Cadets trailed at half, 42-26.
"That was the key really," said Virginia Coach Terry Holland. "It gave us control, and kept them from spreading the floor on us. They would have liked to pull Sampson away from the basket. It made a heck of a difference right there."
Army's attack was led by center Joe McGuiness with 12 points, and forward Bob Brown with 11 points and six rebounds.
Virginia will play Virginia Commonwealth Friday night in the first round of the Times Dispatch Tournament.