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Sept. 27, 2001

CHARLOTTESVILLE – University of Virginia guard Roger Mason, Jr., was third in scoring and tied for third in rebounding on the USA Basketball Men’s World University Games Team that earned the bronze medal in Beijing, China, in August.

Mason, a junior from Silver Spring, Md., started all eight games for the USA team and was second on the team in minutes played (23.5 mpg.). He averaged 13.0 points and 4.8 rebounds a game, while shooting 51.9 percent (42-81) from the field, including 36.7 percent (11-30) from three-point range, and 75.0 percent (9-12) from the free throw line. He scored in double figures five times, including 20-point efforts in victories over Brazil and Great Britain.

Mason scored 13 points and had five rebounds in the USA team’s 80-78 victory over Germany in the bronze medal game.

The 6-5 Mason established a UVa record and led the Atlantic Coast Conference last season by making 88.4 percent (122-138) of his free throw attempts. Mason led the Cavaliers and was sixth in the ACC in scoring last season with an average of 15.7 points a game. He scored a career-high 30 points against Gonzaga in the first round of the 2001 NCAA Tournament.

He shot 47.6 percent (146-307) from the field, including 44.2 percent (42-95) from three-point range, and he averaged 3.7 rebounds a game during the 2000-01 season. He also had 72 assists, 33 steals and 14 blocked shots while averaging a team-high 32.0 minutes of playing time a game in 29 games.

Mason earned third-team All-ACC honors last season and was honored as co-recipient of UVa’s Bill Gibson Cavalier of the Year Award. He was a first-team All-State selection by both the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association (VaSID).

Mason was named among the Top 50 Preseason Candidates for the 2001-02 Wooden Award All-America Basketball Team this past summer.

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