Jan. 12, 1998

Virginia Returns to Form

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - Norman Nolan scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while Colin Ducharme scored 16, including 10 of 11 free throws, to lead Virginia to a 69-55 victory Monday over Virginia Tech.

Virginia (9-7) snapped a two-game losing streak and continued its recent domination of the rivalry, including two wins in the past three games by one point.

But this one was never close.

The Cavaliers shot better, fouled less often and outrebounded the Hokies 42-24. The closest Virginia Tech (6-6) came was 43-36 with 10:41 remaining on a free throw by Eddie Lucas that followed an alley-oop dunk by Rolan Roberts.

The Cavaliers went ahead 56-40 with 5:37 remaining on a jumper by Kris Hunter, and the Hokies began trying to get back into the game by fouling.

That strategy failed as the Cavaliers were deadly from the line, hitting 30 of 35, or 87 percent.

Virginia took an early lead and kept it in the first half, outshooting the Hokies 43 percent to 26 percent and outrebounding them 24-14.

Curtis Staples hit his first 3-pointer two seconds before halftime to put the Cavaliers up 31-20.

Virginia Tech's usual leading scorers, Russ Wheeler and Roberts, got into foul trouble early and sat out most of the first half. Jenis Grindstaff led the Hokies with 13 points, including all three of the team's 3-pointers.

Virginia leads the series 67-44 and has won 16 of the last 21.