TL;DR: more money does not in general buy better researchers.
Your question is based on the premise "more money buys better researchers than less money". I would like to argue that, aside from the obvious fact that more money costs more money and therefore comes at the expense of other things, the premise itself is simply incorrect (I mean it is not universally correct; there are specific contexts when it is correct however).
The thing is, different kinds of people are motivated by different things. Some people are highly motivated by money and less by a passion for some specific professional calling. You can find a lot of them in finance and other very lucrative industries that are not known for being especially exciting. Other people are highly motivated by the passion for doing something very creative and/or with a high potential for societal impact. Academics tend to be those sorts of people.
Now imagine what would happen if universities suddenly started advertising professor positions that paid $1M a year. What I think would happen is that a lot of money-driven people would suddenly decide that academia is a good place to build their careers, as opposed to, say, finance or tech. Some of those people are quite talented and would be able to build impressive resumes that enable them to get a share of those lucrative jobs, driving out some more passion-driven academics.
However, in the long run academia would suffer. To do really good science, you have to have a great deal of passion - more than some of the money driven types would be able to muster for long term success or for making groundbreaking, world-changing discoveries (as opposed to just for building a good enough resume to land a tenure track job).
My example is a bit exaggerated, but it illustrates a general principle that I firmly believe is true: by offering less money than industry on average, universities not only save money, they actually select for a particular kind of person, who is in fact a better kind of researcher for fulfilling the mission academia is trying to accomplish.