Kenny Turner scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as No. 19 Virginia scored a sluggish, 74-60 victory over Marshall last night in Huntington, W.Va.
Virginia (6-2) led by 35-25 at the half and pushed its lead to 52-37 with 11:40 to play, but the Cavaliers were unable to put away Marshall (5-5).
Bryant Stith scored eight of Virginia's first 12 points and finished with 18, while John Crotty added 13.
Marshall was led by Brett Vincent with 14 points, John Taft with 13 and Tyrone Phillips with 10.
The taller Cavaliers outrebounded Marshall by 50-28, including a 16-10 edge in offensive rebounds. The Cavaliers also used a tough man-to-man defense to hold Marshall to 36.9 percent shooting from the floor.
But Virginia, which last played Dec. 8, showed signs of the long layoff offensively, suffering 18 turnovers.
Brett Vincent opened the game with two three-pointers as Marshall jumped on top, 8-4.
But Virginia took the lead for good at 16-14 with 11:12 left in the first half on a 12-foot jumper by Turner, which started a 15-3 Virginia run that put the Cavaliers up, 29-17, with 5:35 to play.
Turner, who scored 14 points in the first half, capped the run with a 21-foot three-pointer from the left corner
Taft, who entered the game averaging 26.3 points, was held scoreless until he hit one of two free throws with 5:18 to go in the half, his only points before halftime.
He finished 3-14 from the floor. It was the first time this season Taft had been held under 20 points.