Ralph Sampson, who had missed his team's last game because of influenza, scored 14 points and got double-figure help from three teammates tonight as Virginia's top-ranked Cavaliers beat Utah, 80-57, in the Suntory Classic.
It was the eighth straight victory for the Cavaliers, who broke away in the first half of the sloppily played game. They led at the half, 43-27.
Tim Mullen and Jim Miller had 11 points each and Ricky Stokes added 10 for Virginia. Othell Wilson scored nine points in the first half but failed to score after intermission.
Sampson said he was still weak, but that his legs felt good.
Miller started in place of Craig Robinson, who was out with a pulled back muscle.
"I felt we played good team basketball although it was a kind of haphazard first half," said Jim Lardranga, assistant coach of the Cavaliers. "We got the offense running and we forced some bad shots from Utah.
"Ralph was a little bit out of sync in the first half but the players were looking to get him the ball. He came back and did a very good job in the second half."
Sampson and Wilson were named to the all-tourament team.
Utah (4-5) was led by Angelo Robinson with 12 points and George Fergus with 10.