HONOLULU, DEC. 23 -- The University of Virginia suffered its worst defeat in the 14-year tenure of Coach Terry Holland tonight, losing to Oklahoma, 109-61, in the opening round of the Chaminade Christmas Classic.

The Cavaliers (4-5) trailed, 45-36, at halftime, and were outscored by 27-0 in the first eight minutes of the second half. Oklahoma (8-0) extended the margin to 88-50 before letting up slightly during the final few minutes. The 48-point margin was the worst loss ever for a Holland-coached Virginia team, topping a 101-72 loss to N.C. State in 1974-75, Holland's first season.

"I thought in the first half, with the exception of two brief runs, we played pretty well," Holland said. "We rebounded well and even though we weren't shooting well {40 percent} we were doing enough good things to stay in the basketball game. But in the second half they just dominated us in every position. We just started badly and it got worse and worse."

Virginia had an astonishing 33 turnovers, 24 of them in the second half, as the Sooners consistently made them look foolish in the backcourt.

Mel Kennedy, playing his first game since coming off a Holland-imposed academic suspension, played 27 minutes and shot one for 11 and had eight turnovers. Freshman guard John Crotty also had eight turnovers, in only 17 minutes. Bill Batts led the Cavaliers with 12 points.

Oklahoma, which was averaging 113 points per game coming in, got 20 points from Harvey Grant and Stacey King as five of their players scored in double figures.

Playing in the Neal Blaisdell Center has never been much fun for Holland. Four years ago here his top-ranked team, led by Ralph Sampson, was shocked by Chaminade. That was bad, but tonight might have been worse.