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Aug. 31, 2001

BEIJING, China – University of Virginia guard Roger Mason, Jr., scored 13 points and grabbed five rebounds to help the USA team earn the bronze medal at the World University Games with an 80-78 victory over Germany on Friday (Aug. 31). The USA finished the competition with an overall record of 7-1, while Germany dropped to 5-2.

Mason, who is from Silver Spring, Md., started all eight games for the USA team. He made five of 10 shots from the field, including one of two three-point attempts, and both of his free throws against Germany. He also had one assist and one turnover in 25 minutes of action.

The USA team was coming off an 83-82 loss to China in the semifinals on Thursday (Aug. 30).

“After the game with China, for me personally it would have been easy to hang my head because I didn’t have my best performance,” Mason said. “But coach talked about character and coming back tonight to play hard. I thought we did that and we got the win.”

The head coach of the USA team is Jerry Dunn of Penn State.

Juan Dixon (Maryland) scored 24 points to lead four players in double figures for the USA team. Mason scored 13 points, and Melvin Ely (Fresno State) and Lynn Greer (Temple) each added 10 points. Ely was the team’s leading rebounder with seven.

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