While John Kuester and Rick Barnes were spending yesterday afternoon contemplating a situation with which they are delighted, Bob Wade was trying to remedy a situation with which he is less than pleased.

Saturday afternoon, Wade's Maryland Terrapins were humiliated, 75-49, by West Virginia in Morgantown -- their most lopsided defeat since Jan. 8, when they lost, 98-55, at North Carolina. Saturday night Kuester's George Washington Colonials upset Michigan State, 65-64, in East Lansing and Barnes' George Mason Patriots upset Wichita State, 94-93, in overtime at Patriot Center.

Yesterday, Wade put his team through a three-hour practice during which sophomore guard Steve Hood and junior forward Dave Dickerson, both of whom had started the first four games, worked with the second team. Freshman center/forward Cedric Lewis and sophomore guard Teyon McCoy worked much of the practice with Derrick Lewis, Brian Williams and Rudy Archer, all of whom also have started all four games. Junior guard John Johnson also worked with the "red" team, which had been the starters.

"I have no comment," Wade said afterward, when asked about a possible lineup shift.

Meantime, Kuester and Barnes reviewed videotapes of their games, talked about their victories and worried about the impact they would have on the match between their teams Wednesday night at Smith Center.

"I'm very excited," said Kuester, whose team has won both of its road games this season after winning only one game on the road all of last season. "It was an excellent win for us and for the program. . . .The kids are learning that the greatest power in the world is shutting up 7,000 or 8,000 people by making your free throws and playing tough defense. That's what we've done."

"Was it the biggest victory since I've been here?" Kuester said. "Hey, I think all of my victories are big. I don't take anything for granted. It will be interesting to see how our kids respond, whether they will be mentally ready to play against George Mason. They're going to be coming in off a big win against a team that should be ranked in Wichita State."

"I thought we played very well," Barnes said. "We took it at them and never backed off. It was a great team effort. Everyone who played made a great effort and did something positive. We played hard for 45 minutes and that's important to me. . . . I think every game is a big game for us. We're not good enough that if we don't get play every game, we're {not} going to get beat. GW is a good team and that was a great win for them."

George Mason (2-1) made a school-record 13 three-point goals and outrebounded the taller Shockers, 50-46. Guard Amp Davis scored 23 points (four of eight three-point shooting), including two free throws with seven seconds left in overtime. Guard Earl Moore had 21 (five of eight on three-pointers) and Kenny Sanders had 20 for Mason.

George Washington (3-1) got its margin of victory on guard Ellis McKennie's layup with one second to play. McKennie scored 19 points and center Max Blank had 19.