Ouch!

That's the best word for the 83-42 defeat top-ranked Virginia handed outclassed Georgia Tech tonight before a delighted crowd of 9,000 at University Hall.

The remarkably easy win gave the Cavaliers a 12-0 ACC record and assured them of at least a tie for their first regular-season conference title. Virginia also extended its overall mark to 23-0 and unbeaten streak to 28, the best in the nation. The Cavaliers will have a five-day break before traveling to Chicago to take on Notre Dame in a nationally televised game Sunday. The Cavaliers end their regular season the following week with games at Wake Forest and here against Maryland.

Jeff Lamp led Virginia with 19 points. Ralph Sampson had 15 points and 12 rebounds, Jeff Jones 12 points, Lewis Lattimore 10 points and Craig Robinson nine points and 10 rebounds.

Perhaps it was the thought of Notre Dame that turned the usually mild-mannered Cavaliers into monsters or perhaps it was the memory of the lack of class showed by Tech in Virginia's 37-point victory in Atlanta last month. In that game, Tech center Lee Goza spat on Sampson and there were several near scuffles.

Whatever the reason, Tech, 0-12 in the conference and 4-20 overall, had no chance of avoiding its 10th straight loss. With Tech's only victories coming over Flagler, Univeristy of the South, Presbyterian and Newberry, it shocked no one when the Cavaliers led by 31 points at intermission.

Tech had a brief moment of glory, leading, 6-4, before the Cavaliers put on a clinic in defense, rebounding and offensive play.

"We started out with a quick pace and put a lot of pressure on them from the start," said Virginia guard Othell Wilson, who started in place of Lee Raker and had eight points and eight assists. "It was definitely a good game to have before Notre Dame. We played pretty well and did what we wanted."

Raker, the Cavaliers' hottest shooter of late, has a bad back and was held out by Coach Terry Holland. He wasn't needed.

After Steve Shaw's basket made it 6-4, the Cavaliers took off. Eleven trips upcourt brought nothing but frustration for Tech and U-Va. ran off 14 unanswered points to move ahead, 18-6, with 12:57 on the clock.

Tech had scoreless periods of 5:26, 3:36 and 3:11 in the first half. During Tech's periods of ineptness, Virginia was scoring in bunches. In the first blitz, Wilson had six points and Jones four. In the next two Cavalier spurts, Sampson contributed nine points, Lamp six and Lattimore four, including a bank shot to give U-Va. a 31-9 advantage with 8:35 left in the first half.

Four points by Sampson to close out the first half sent the Cavaliers to the locker room with a 48-17 lead.

"Virginia just overpowers you," said Tech Coach Dwane Morrison. "They are playing well, whether they are ahead or behind and that is the difference between this year's team and last year's. You need a lot of good athletes in this league to win and Virginia had them."

The Cavaliers didn't do anything different in the second half. Neither did Tech. The Ramblin' Wrecks shot a little better but fell further behind. Lamp had three baskets as the Cavaliers went up, 61-28. Sampson then scored back to back baskets, the second one coming after he got a rebound, dribbled the length of the court and dropped in a soft layup over the rim. Seconds later, Wilson hit an 18-footer and Robinson, in his second consecutive impressive game, threw down a dunk and the Cavaliers were in front, 71-28, with 9:03 remaining.

"We tried to bury them," Robinson said. "We didn't want to come out slow. That's what leads to injuries, bad play and etc. I thought I had a good game. My confidence is getting stronger."

Holland was also pleased. "A letup was the thing that concerned us before the game but obviously we didn't let up. The game was real sloppy the first 10 minutes, but we settled down and played good basketball and that was what we needed to do."