With Ralph Sampson back at center, No. 1 Virginia defeated Utah, 80-57, to win the Suntory tournament Saturday night in Tokyo.
Sampson had been bothered by a weeklong intestinal infection that forced him to miss his first game in two years, a 72-63 victory over No. 14 Houston Friday night. Against Utah, he missed his first six shots and had only one field goal and four points in the first half.
But he regained his shooting touch in the second half and finished with 14 points, five below his season average. The two-time college player of the year also had 17 rebounds and blocked five shots.
Utah kept close until midway through the first half on the shooting of Angelo Robinson, who led the Utes with 12 points, Peter Williams and Pace Mannion.
Virginia (8-0), with its bigger front line stopping Utah underneath and ball handling by guards Othell Wilson and Ricky Stokes leading the offense, opened a 25-16 lead with eight minutes remaining in the half. Stokes finished with 10 points and Wilson had nine. Tim Mullen had 11 points and Jim Miller nine for the Cavaliers.
Utah is 4-5 after losses to Houston and Virginia in the NCAA-sanctioned tournament.
Utah Coach Jerry Pimm said, "Nobody is going to tell us we played badly today. I was impressed by Sampson, but the other Virginia players also were good. Each one knew his role and played good fundamentals."
Sampson said he was only 75 percent recovered from his ailment, and that he felt winded in the first half.
"We ran our offense well and I thought we played pretty well today," he said. "My legs were too tired in the first half."
Sampson was named the game's most valuable player.