Virginia, which used the inside play of center Olden Polynice to defeat Clemson earlier in the season, used the same script today for an 82-69 Atlantic Coast Conference victory over the Tigers.

Polynice scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the Cavaliers pulled away in the last 11 minutes to improve their record to 18-7 overall and 7-5 in the ACC.

Virginia Coach Terry Holland said he thought Clemson did a good job of keeping the Cavaliers from going inside in the first half.

But that changed after intermission, when Polynice hit seven of eight shots from the floor. Aiding Polynice was forward Tom Sheehey, who scored 16 points and pulled in eight rebounds.

"The same as last time -- their inside play was too much for us," said Clemson Coach Cliff Ellis. "The difference in this game was their power play inside."

Polynice, who had 18 points and 13 rebounds in Virginia's 83-81 victory at Clemson last month, "had another great game," said Ellis.

Clemson freshman Michael Best shared scoring honors with Polynice with 21 points. The Tigers (17-11, 3-9) had 16 points from Horace Grant and 12 from Glenn Corbit.

Virginia, which led by 38-32 at halftime, clung to a 54-52 lead with 11:40 left.

The Cavaliers then scored six straight points to open an eight-point lead. A short bank shot by Mel Kennedy and a pair of John Johnson jumpers put Virginia on top, 60-52, with 10:39 remaining.

Virginia connected on 17 of 23 shots in the second half for 73.9 percent and shot a season-best 64.6 percent, 31 for 48, for the game.