Feb. 17, 2001
By BRENT KALLESTAD
Associated Press Writer
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Virginia coach Pete Gillen is getting used to these
last-second game-winning shots.
“I’ve had more buzzer shots than Davy Crockett at the Alamo,” Gillen said
Saturday after watching sophomore Roger Mason’s last-second 3-point shot lift
the 12th-ranked Cavaliers to a 69-66 victory at Florida State.
“Roger was relaxed, too,” Gillen said. “He’s a big-time player and made a
The Cavaliers (18-6, 7-6 Atlantic Coast Conference), scored 10 of the final
12 points, tying it 66-66 with 25 seconds left on two free throws by Adam Hall.
Florida State (7-18, 2-10) had a chance to put it away in the final 30
seconds, but Delvon Arrington got trapped under the basket, forced a bad shot
and then fouled Hall.
The Seminoles had another chance with what could have been the game’s final
possession, but Monte Cummings took another difficult shot with 10 seconds
Mason was a good 4 or 5 feet and wide open behind the 3-point arc when he
sank the game-winner after getting a pass from Donald Hand, who had drawn the
defensive coverage with a drive toward the basket.
“I just wanted to get a shot up,” said Mason, a sophomore who said it was
his first game-winning basket since high school. “I like to get the ball in my
hands with the game on the line.”
And Virginia made sure Mason, who finished with a game-high 19 points, had
it for most of the final three minutes.
He hit a 3-point basket with 2:54 left to pull the Cavaliers within 64-62
and tied it at 64-64 on two free throws with 1:49 left. Mason was perfect on
four tries from long range and didn’t miss in five free-throw attempts.
Chris Williams added 15 points, Travis Watson 14 and Hall 10 for the
Cavaliers, who were coming off a two-point victory over No. 3 Duke on
Florida State, which upset No. 17 Maryland on that same night, was trying to
win its second straight game over a Top 20 team for the first time since 1993.
“This one was tough,” Florida State coach Steve Robinson said. “So close
to having good things happen. There are no magic words to ease the pain.”
The Seminoles led 34-29 at half and were up again by five, 64-59, on
Cummings’ dunk off Arrington’s steal with 3:14 left, but managed only a pair of
free throws the rest of the way.
“Our defense won the game,” Gillen said. “Florida State outplayed us a
great majority of the game. We were very fortunate.”
Arrington finished with 20 points and a game-high seven assists, but
committed five turnovers in addition to the critical foul leading to Hall’s
free throws in the final seconds.
Cummings and Michael Joiner were also in double figures, with 12 and 11
points respectively for Florida State.