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Aug. 27, 2001

BEIJING, China – University of Virginia guard Roger Mason, Jr., scored 20 points and grabbed five rebounds to lead the USA team to a 99-67 victory over Brazil on Sunday (Aug. 26) in the first game of the quarterfinal round at the World University Games. The victory improved the USA team’s record to 4-0, while Brazil is now 1-2.

Mason, who is from Silver Spring, Md., was in the starting line-up for the USA for the fourth consecutive game. He scored eight points in a 14-6 USA run to open the third quarter that extended a 49-38 halftime lead to 63-44 with 3:52 remaining in the period.

Mason made eight of 12 shots from the field in the game, including two of five from three-point range, and he made both of his free throw attempts in a team-high 29 minutes of action. He also had one assist, one steal and one turnover. He shared team-high scoring honors with Maryland’s Lonny Baxter.

“We’ve played more games now and when you play together you get a feel for what each guy can do,” Mason said after the game. “I think we’re starting to gel a little bit more as a team.”

Mason will be a junior at Virginia this fall.

Mason and Baxter led five USA players in double figures. Lynn Greer (Temple) scored 15 points, Chris Owens (Texas) had 14 points and Juan Dixon (Maryland) added 12 points. Marvin Ely (Fresno State) led the USA team with 11 rebounds and also had seven points. Baxter added eight rebounds.

The USA team plays Great Britain in its second quarterfinal round game on Monday (Aug. 27)

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