CHARLOTTESVILLE, JAN. 21 -- The influence of Terry Holland appeared in subtle ways here tonight, with the most glaring manifestation taking the form of a scrappy, overachieving team wreaking havoc on a more talented, veteran squad.
This time, though, Holland played the role of friendly enemy in sold-out University Hall, as Davidson College led for much of the first half before No. 18 Virginia regrouped for a 71-47 victory.
"It was nice to sort of sit in a neutral corner and sort of root for both teams to do well," said Holland, who returned to Davidson last May to become athletic director after 16 seasons as coach of Virginia. "I haven't missed coaching more than I expected to, but that's still a lot."
However, the news was not all good for the Cavaliers (12-4). Guard Anthony Oliver (game-high 16 points) jammed his right ring finger midway in the second half and will be X-rayed Tuesday to determine if it is broken. Team physician Frank McCue examined Oliver after the game and said that Oliver would miss at least four weeks if the hand is broken.
If it is not, he will be fitted with a pad and could play Wednesday against Virginia Tech at Richmond Coliseum.
"It feels broken," said Oliver, whose hand was heavily wrapped after the game.
He was injured when he tried to steal the ball from Davidson's Jason Zimmerman.
In addition to Oliver's 16 points, forward Bryant Stith had 14, point guard John Crotty 12. Pat Holloway's 13 points were tops for Davidson (5-11), while Janko Narat had seven -- all in the first half. Zimmerman, averaging 14.2 points per game, was held to eight.
Tonight's game was the first of three straight non-conference tuneups for Virginia, which suffered its worst defeat of the season and its biggest conference loss in 16 years at Georgia Tech Saturday.
Virginia Coach Jeff Jones pledged before the game to extend the two-year series with Davidson, which offered Holland the most conflicting of interests last season -- he had already announced he was leaving Virginia -- when the Cavaliers defeated the Wildcats, 71-57, at Davidson.
But for 20 minutes, the Wildcats, who won 11 games in the last two seasons, may have caused Jones to reconsider his verbal commitment.
"It was almost like there were two different games out there," said Jones. "In the first half, we came out and kind of stunk it up."
Seven consecutive points by Narat -- one of three freshmen and three Europeans in the starting lineup -- gave Davidson a 17-11 advantage midway through the first half.
But after Narat's three-pointer, Virginia had a 14-0 run sparked by eight points from Oliver. Three-pointers by Holloway and Paul Denmond brought the Wildcats to 28-23 at the half.