Freshman guard Richard Morgan's 16 points led the University of Virginia's basketball team to a 67-47 victory over William and Mary last night in Charlottesville.

Morgan was eight of 11 from the field with three assists, two rebounds, one steal and one block.

Coach Terry Holland of Virginia said that Morgan "really gave us a lift at the defensive end as well as the offensive end.

"I think we all feel good about Richard. He has really improved since early in the year. Now he seems to be more comfortable on the floor, is taking his time on his shots, and hitting a higher percentage of them."

The Cavaliers (9-4) once led by 59-26. William and Mary is 3-6. Georgia Tech 72, Wake Forest 58: In Atlanta, Duane Ferrell scored 16 points as Georgia Tech won its 11th in a row.

He scored the game's first five points to give Georgia Tech (12-1 overall and 2-0 in the ACC) a lead it never relinquished.

Wake Forest is 6-8 and 0-3. Duke 84, St. Louis 58: In Durham, N.C., Mark Alarie scored 21 points and Johnny Dawkins 20 as third-ranked Duke (13-0) equaled its start in the 1935-36 season, its best.

Duke scored the first 13 points and the Billikens never got closer than six. Duke shot 72 percent in the first half. St. Louis is 6-6. Kentucky 75, Mississippi 58: In Lexington, Ky., forward Kenny Walker's 31 points included two baskets that started an 18-4 second-half spurt. N.C. State 66, N.C. A&T 48: Senior Ernie Myers' 14 points helped win the game in Raleigh, N.C. Syracuse 90, Fairfield 67: In New Haven, Conn., Rafael Addison and Wendell Alexis each scored 14 points as fourth-ranked Syracuse won its 12th straight. Fairfield is 8-4. Michigan 61, Illinois 59: Robert Henderson's 12-foot jumper at the buzzer won the game in Ann Arbor, Mich., and made the second-ranked Wolverines 15-0. Virginia Tech 88, Southern Miss 72: In Blacksburg, Va., Dell Curry scored 24 points to help the Hokies open their Metro Conference schedule successfully.

He was one of five Virginia Tech players in double figures as the Hokies, shooting 61.8 percent from the floor, moved to 12-2 overall. Oklahoma 109, Denver 64: Anthony Bowie scored 24 points and Darryl Kennedy 22 in Norman, Okla., to lead the Sooners (14-0) to their 41st straight victory at home.