Jeff Lamp scored 19 points and Ralph Sampson pulled down 20 rebounds as Virginia breezed past Pennsylvania, 69-39, before a capacity crowd of 9,000 at University Hall tonight.
Cavalier forward Lee Raker entered play with 12:07 remaining in the first half and ended up second in scoring for Virginia with 14 points in 16 minutes.
Raker, who separated his shoulder against Old Dominion Jan. 29, and sat out five games, was six of nine from the field and two of two from the free-throw line.
"I wasn't real comfortable with my shot." Raker said. "It was real good to come back and score."
Virginia alternated a 2-3 zone and man-for-man defense in shutting down Pennsylvania's offense. The Quakers were 23 percent from the floor for the night, against 53 percent for Virginia. Coach Terry Holland cleared his bench with 4:44 left.
"We wanted to force them into a little faster tempo than they would play," Holland said. "But in the first half, we had no intensity. We just stood around and watched Ralph (Sampson) rebound."
The Cavaliers led at halftime, 30-21. Virginia came out firing in the second half as Raker sank two from the top of the key to bring the crowd to its feet. With 11 minutes left, Cavalier floor leader Jeff Jones took a rebound, passed the length of the court to Raker, who passed to forward Mike Owens, who laid in the ball to give Virginia a 45-29 lead.
Pennsylvania took a timeout but Raker came right back with two top-of-the-key jump shots and a layup and the Cavaliers led, 51-33. James Salters and Angelo Reynolds led the Quakers with eight points each. Paul Little had nine rebounds for the losers.