Two local schools named after a George, Mason and Washington, meet tonight at George Washington's Smith Center in a 7:30 game with a bit more luster than the usual Patriots-Colonials game. Reason? Both schools are coming off big upsets of name schools.

George Washington's 65-64 road win over the Big Ten's Michigan State Saturday and George Mason's 94-93 overtime win at Patriot Center over Wichita State have raised the stakes for tonight's game. Both schools want to keep their momentum going before starting Atlantic 10 and Colonial Athletic Association play, respectively.

"We are just concerned about our program," George Washington Coach John Kuester said, "and trying to put ourselves in a position where we're playing the toughest schedule possible, to prepare us for the league. George Mason falls into that category. It just so happens they're local."

In other local games, Maryland (3-1) will try to right itself after a 75-49 loss to West Virginia Saturday when it visits Division II Mount St. Mary's. Howard hosts Baptist College at Burr Gymnasium at 8, unbeaten UDC (5-0) visits Kutztown and 1-2 American travels to UMBC. Last season, its first in Division I, UMBC went 12-16 and nearly upset the Eagles at Fort Myer, losing by 71-69, in the final minute.

"It was a good win, especially being on the road," Kuester said of George Washington's win in East Lansing, Mich. "And our kids have played good solid basketball the whole season. Some people have looked at it as an upset. Hey, I never looked at it that way."

George Mason (2-1) has made good on its preseason promise to shoot three-point shots. The Patriots hit 13 of them Saturday, four from guard Amp Davis, who had 23 points overall. Guard Earl Moore is 12 for 16 this season from three-point range and was five of eight Saturday in scoring 21 points.

"They have tremendous quickness, and {George Mason Coach} Rick {Barnes} has done a tremendous job of installing his pressure defense on a team that doesn't have great size," Kuester said. "They may be one of the few teams we're actually taller than."

George Washington (3-1) is not as proficient at the three-pointer (10 of 30 overall), but through four games, all five starters are scoring in double figures. Guard Ellis McKennie, who won Saturday's game with a layin with one second left, leads the team at 14.8 per game. Max Blank, who scored 19 against the Shockers, is second at 12.8 points a game and leads the team in rebounding at 7.5 a game. Gerald Jackson (11.8), Joe Dooley (10.5) and Mike Jones (10.3) round out the starting five.

"This year, we haven't had to rely on any one particular person," Kuester said. "If we continue to play with the emotion we have on defense, we'll win a lot of games. George Mason worries me, because they play with the same kind of emotion."

Maryland probably will make changes in its starting lineup. Sophomore guard Steve Hood, shooting only 28 percent from the floor, once again practiced with the second team yesterday along with junior forward Dave Dickerson, who has been starting. Taking their places practicing with the first team were sophomore guard Teyon McCoy and freshman forward/center Cedric Lewis. Junior guard John Johnson also has worked with the first unit. Even if the starting lineup is changed, Coach Bob Wade is expected to continue to make use of most of his roster.

After three straight solid performances, Maryland didn't show well in Morgantown Saturday, turning over the ball 22 times and shooting 31 percent from the field.

Tonight's sold-out Maryland-Mount St. Mary's game will take place in the new, 3,500-seat Knott Athletic Recreation Convocation Complex at 7:30. The Mountaineers are 4-2, coming off a 96-80 win over West Virginia Tech.

The leading scorer for Mount St. Mary's is 6-foot-5 junior forward Mike Tate, of St. John's College High School, who is averaging 20.8 points per game. Mike Grimes, a 6-10 senior from DeMatha, is the tallest starter. Grimes, who spent much of his DeMatha career backing up Duke's Danny Ferry, averages 10.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.7 blocked shots.

Coach Jim Phelan said a victory over Maryland would not make his team's season, but he acknowledged it would be a big boost.

"I know we're in a unique situation," said Phelan, who has been the Mount St. Mary's coach for 33 years. "We have almost nothing to lose. Maryland has a lot to lose and little to gain. Maryland is going to be here for the opening of our facility, and as far as we're concerned, it is a great game. They are the state university in Maryland. It's not a season for us, but it is very important for our players because it's an opportunity they do not often get."