Freshman Joe Harris scored 19 points and senior Mustapha Farrakhan added 15 as Virginia defeated North Carolina State 69-58 on Tuesday night.
Farrakhan, playing in front of his grandfather, Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan, for the first time in his college career, nailed a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 3:23 left to give the Cavaliers a commanding nine-point lead.
N.C. State never got closer than seven the rest of the way.
Will Sherrill, who tied a career high with four 3-pointers, added 14 points for Virginia (15-14, 6-9 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Sherrill hit two 3-pointers as the Cavaliers stormed to a 16-0 lead. The Wolfpack (15-14, 5-10) responded with a 17-2 spurt, including seven points from Javier Gonzalez, who finished with 16.
Virginia led 32-28 at the break, then opened the second half with a 10-3 run, capped by another Sherrill 3.