Ralph Sampson scored 33 points and No. 2-ranked Virginia sank eight of 10 foul shots in the final three minutes to give the Cavaliers a come-from-behind 88-80 victory over No. 19 North Carolina State at Reynolds Coliseum tonight.
The Cavaliers trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half, primarily the result of State guard Dereck Whittenburg's shooting. The senior guard scored 27 first-half points--seven of nine three-pointers--but was forced from the game with 15:24 remaining in the second half, with State leading 61-57. He fractured his right foot.
The Wolfpack was able to increase its lead to 66-59 without Whittenburg, but Virginia chipped at the margin as Sampson scored 10 points in the next 10 minutes.
With 3:04 left in the game Sampson made two free throws, moving Virginia ahead for good, 82-80. Sampson, Rick Carlisle and Othell Wilson accounted for the final six points from the line.
"It was a gutsy effort on the road," Virginia Coach Terry Holland said. "I was proud of the way we worked for good shots in the second half. They had us back on our heels in the first half, attacking us on both offense and defense."