A second straight strong effort by Ralph Sampson that included 15 points, 22 rebounds and 10 blocked shots led Virginia to a 78-58 victory over Old Dominion in the final of the Richmond Times-Dispatch invitational here tonight.
Sampson was named the game's most valuable player by a unanimous vote.
The game was marred by rough play after Virginia had built up a 16-point lead.
After a close initial 14 minutes of play, the Cavaliers reeled off a 15-4 burst to turn a 26-23 edge into a 41-27 bulge. The Cavs were smartly aggresive on defense and put together a fine team effort on offense.
Sampson led the burst, blocking four shots and intimidating others. He had 11 points and 11 rebounds in the half. Guards Jeff Jones and Jeff Lamp whipped passes to their front line mates and Mike Owens responded by hitting five of seven from the floor. The halftime lead was 41-29.
Virginia jumped to a 45-29 lead afternoon intermission.
Virginia Coach Terry Holland, who normally would be basking in the glow of his squad's precision play, instead was fuming on the sideline as the Cavaliers ran up a 58-36 lead.
"There was an awful lot of crap going on and they didn't clean it up," said Holland of the referees. "That's what I was mad about. It wasn't a well-officiated game. That stuff could be stopped. The refs just have to stop the game and say to the players, 'Okay, let's play basketball."
Lee Raker went driving for a slam dunk and collided with Monarch Mark West at the 3:42 mark. Raker went flying to the floor and was motionless for several minutes. Although he left the court under his own power with ice packs on his shoulder and head, he was in pain in the locker room.
"I don't think it was a dirty play," said Holland. "What made me mad was that the ref wasn't going to call ituntil he saw the kid (Raker) on the floor. The same play happened right before and he didn't call it."
"I thought we did a real good job of keeping our cool considering what was going on," said Virginia's Jones, who was named to the all-tournament team.
Lamb added, "They just got a little frustrated. That's what happens when you fall behind by so much."
Hollard said, "I think our entire team played well. This is as close as we've come to having five MVPs. Everyone did as they were supposed to and they did it well."
Team captain Mike Owens, who shared honors with Sampson with 15 points, said, "We were almost perfect tonight. That's not to say we won't come out and stink out the place Wednesday but I think we're putting it together."
Lamp, who didn't score up to normal with 13 points tonight, said, "Ralph (sampson) is just playing great. He's dominating the game."
In the consolation game of the tournament, Virginia Commonwealth topped Richmond 86-71.