EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Mike Scott had 17 points and 13 rebounds and Virginia overcame a sluggish first half to defeat Oregon 67-54 on Sunday.
Joe Harris added 15 points for the Cavaliers (9-1), and Jontel Evans had 12.
Devoe Joseph scored 16 to lead the Ducks (6-3), who lost at home for the first time in six games.
Virginia trailed at halftime, 30-28, for the only the second time this season. It was the most points allowed by the Cavaliers in the first half.
"I thought our transition defense stunk in the first half," said Virginia coach Tony Bennett, who improved to 8-2 against Oregon dating back to his years at Washington State. "And then we recommitted to it in the second half. They're good in transition. It was almost like we had to recalibrate."
The Cavaliers improved on both ends of the court after the intermission. Scott scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half and Virginia shot 54.2 percent from the field after hitting only 38.7 percent of its shots before the break.
Defensively, the Cavaliers held Oregon to 39.3 percent shooting in the second half after the Ducks had hit 46.2 percent in the opening half.
Virginia also went 11 for 13 from the free-throw line in the second half after not taking an attempt before the break.
"Coming out at halftime, I looked up at the hustle board and it said we had zero free throws," said Harris, who had a large cheering section from his home state of Washington backing him up. "We were talking about it as a team, how we needed to get to the line, because we're such a good free-throw shooting team. We kind of made it a focal point to be more aggressive, try to get more free throws in the second half."
After Oregon went up 32-28 in the opening minute of the second half, the Cavaliers went on a 7-0 run, led by four points and an assist from Evans, to take a lead they wouldn't lose.
Virginia secured the victory with a 15-5 run that made it 63-48 with 4:02 to play. That was the largest lead of the game for either team.
Though the Ducks shot better from the floor than the 36.6 percent Virginia had been allowing before the game, they became the latest team to be held below 60 points by the Cavaliers.
"The fact that they bounced back from a shaky start was a good sign," Bennett said. "You can never assume, just because we're a good defensive team, that it's going to be there unless you're really almost foaming at the mouth and ready to play."