Virginia guards Othell Wilson and Rick Carlisle combined for 46 points today and the Cavaliers survived 15 Clemson three-pointers, including 12 in a row, for a 105-87 Atlantic Coast Conference victory at University Hall.
Carlisle had 24 points, Wilson 22.
Tim Mullen's 17-foot jump shot with 14:31 remaining sparked a 16-point Cavalier spurt. A base line jump shot by Carlisle about four minutes later, a stretch in which Clemson did not score, gave Virginia its biggest first-half advantage, 29-9.
But Clemson made five three-pointers over the final seven minutes to close to within 52-38 at the half.
Virginia (15-2, 5-2 in the ACC) returned to outscore the Tigers, 19-10, over the first nine minutes of the second half to take a 71-47 lead.
Again, Clemson (6-11, 0-5) went to three-pointers. Warren Wallace hit the first of six in a row and Clemson trailed, 71-50. Anthony Jenkins finished the streak with a 19-footer, bringing Clemson to within 11 points, 83-72 with 5:29 left.
Seventh-ranked Virginia held strong, though, as Wilson scored seven points in the final five minutes.
Virginia's Ralph Sampson, who has been suffering from knee problems, played 30 minutes and scored only four points.
"I think Ralph is pressing a little bit right now," Holland said. "He wants to be in the flow of the game. We got such good play from our guards today that we didn't need him very much." Sampson said, "The knees are okay."