- The Washington Times - Friday, February 1, 2002

Seen and heard last night at University Hall in Charlottesville:

MASON NOT A BRICK Virginia's Roger Mason went over the 1,000-point mark in his career with his first points. The junior from Silver Spring, who graduated from Good Counsel High School, sank two free throws with 9:17 left in the first half to become the 36th Cavalier to reach the four-digit status. The play was a turning point as Steve Blake picked up his second foul with the blocking call. Mason, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, came into the game as the most accurate free throw shooter in ACC history. Mason had made 262 of 300 (87.33 percent), edging past ex-Wake Forest player Charlie Davis, who shot 87.31 percent.
SNEAKY STEVE Blake turned in a play usually reserved for the playground in the first half. After feeding Lonny Baxter for a jam to give Maryland a 17-12 lead, the Terps' point guard pretended to start running downcourt before sneaking back and intercepting a lazy inbounds pass in front of Virginia's Keith Jenifer. Blake finished the steal with an uncontested layup.
SEEING ORANGE Many of the Virginia students camped out several nights this week to get tickets, and they showed up in droves hours before the game clad in orange T-shirts waiting for University Hall to open. Some students had creative signs like "the Mason-Dixon Line," a reference to shooting guards Mason and Maryland's Juan Dixon. Another sign read "Virginia is for Lovers but we still hate Maryland."
A LAMP LIGHTER The only other time the two teams met when both were ranked in the top 10 was Jan. 14, 1981, when Jeff Lamp's last-second jumper gave the Cavaliers a 66-64 win at Cole Field House.
AN EARLY REMINDER Maryland's game Sunday with N.C. State at Cole Field House will start at 4 p.m., rather than 6 p.m. The change was made several months ago so as not to conflict with the Super Bowl, which was delayed a week from its first date of Jan. 27.
Jon Siegel



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