Mason Scores 14 Points In USA Basketball Victory
Aug. 24, 2001
BEIJING, China – University of Virginia guard Roger Mason, Jr., scored 14 points to help the USA team to a 113-90 victory over Turkey (2-1) in its third and final game of the preliminary round at the World University Games on Friday (August 24). With the victory, the USA closes preliminary round play with a 3-0 record in Group B and advances to the medal quarterfinals.
Mason, who is from Silver Spring, Md., was in the starting line-up for the USA for the third consecutive game and tied for second on the team in scoring with his 14 points. He made five of eight shots from the field, including two of three three-point attempts. Mason, who will be a junior at Virginia this fall, also made both of his free throw attempts and added two rebounds and one assist in 19 minutes of playing time.
All 12 players on the USA team scored in the game with six reaching double figures. Juan Dixon of Maryland led the USA with 20 points, while Lynn Greer of Temple had 14 points. The USA shot 56.0 percent (47-84) from the field.
The United States will play three games in Group K medal quarterfinals from August 26-28. The USA begins Group K play against South Korea on August 26. The final two USA opponents in Group K are yet to be determined. The top team from Group K will then advance to the medal semifinals scheduled for August 30. The finals will be contested on August 31.
The USA opened play in the World University Games with a 112-50 win over Iran on Wednesday (August 22), and then defeated South Africa 118-56 on Thursday (August 23).