KT Harrell and Joe Harris scored 13 points apiece and Mike Scott grabbed 15 rebounds as Virginia defeated South Carolina State, 75-38, in its season opener on Sunday.
Virginia shot 49 percent (25 of 51) and held South Carolina State to 25.5 percent shooting (13 of 51).
Harrell, who went 1 of 6 in the first half, came out blazing to start the second, drilling three consecutive 3-pointers to give Virginia a 47-20 lead. The Cavaliers led by as many as 40, and outrebounded the Bulldogs 44-29.
The Cavaliers, who led 33-18 at halftime, missed their first seven shots in the first three-plus minutes before quickly finding their groove.
Scott, who missed last season with an ankle injury, scored Virginia's first points on a two-handed put-back dunk that got the crowd fired up and ignited a 9-0 run.
Omar Sanders led South Carolina State (1-1) with 13 points.