Anthony Gill and London Perrantes scored eight points each during a 24-7 run to open the second half and No. 5 Virginia pulled away from pesky Oakland for its 10th consecutive victory, 71-58 on Wednesday night.
Gill led the Cavaliers (11-1) with 17 points, Mike Tobey had 16, and Malcolm Brogdon 12.
Kay Felder, the nation's No. 3 scorer with a 26.6 average, had 30 on 10 for 22 shooting to lead the Golden Grizzlies. Oakland (8-5) arrived with a reputation as a dangerous team, having won at Washington and then taken No. 1 Michigan State to overtime in a 99-93 loss, but after trailing 29-28 at halftime, Virginia took command.
It's offense clicked after halftime, and its defense forced eight turnovers in the first 8 minutes while allowing just seven points.
Sparked by two of Felder's four 3-pointers, the Golden Grizzlies closed the half on a 7-0 burst to lead 29-28, but the Cavaliers went from looking offensively challenged in the opening 20 minutes to getting it going.
Gill scored inside, Perrantes followed a turnover with a 3-pointer and Brogdon followed another turnover with a free throw. A dunk by Gill made it 36-29 before Felder finally hit two free throws for Oakland.
Another turnover led to a breakaway dunk for Gill, followed by a 3-pointer from Perrantes, and the Cavaliers built their lead as high as 22 points.
Tobey, who played just 7 minutes in Virginia's victory over California, provided a needed spark in the first half with eight points. The last six came during a 16-8 run that turned a 12-9 deficit into a 25-20 lead, but the Grizzlies closed the half on a 9-3 run.
Oakland: Max Hooper came into the game having attempted 103 field goals, all 3-pointers. He'd made 46, or 44.7 percent. He tried eight shots at John Paul Jopnes Arena, all also from beyond the arc, and was Oakland's second-leading scorer with nine point.
Virginia: Virginia entered play with the nation's ninth-best scoring defense, allowing 59.2 points per game. The Golden Grizzlies' 88.4 scoring average was fourth-best in the country. ... New Virginia football coach Bronco Mendenhall got a loud cheers when introduced at halftime. They got louder when he told the crowd, "I only know winning football, and I don't know what it's like to be home in the holidays." Mendenhall led BYU to 11 straight bowl games.
Oakland plays Cleveland State at home on Saturday.
Virginia plays Notre Dame at home on Saturday.