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Joe Harris started over K.T. Harrell due to matchup issue

By Steve Yanda

Freshman guard Joe Harris received his first collegiate start Thursday night at Stanford. Harris -- who finished with 12 points in 20 minutes -- took fellow freshman K.T. Harrell's place in the starting lineup due to an anticipated matchup issue with Stanford freshman forward Dwight Powell, Virginia Coach Tony Bennett said.

Stanford's starting lineup contains three players that are 6-foot-8 or taller, and Powell often plays the small forward position. Bennett said he felt Harris (6-foot-6) would be able to defend Powell (6-foot-9) more aptly from a size standpoint than would Harrell (6-foot-4), who had started Virginia's previous two games.

That plan went awry when Harris collected his second foul less than six minutes into the game. Harris did not play the rest of the first half. Powell, however, scored eight of his 10 points in the second half, when Harris logged 14 minutes.

Harris exited the game for a period during the second half with a stomach issue that Bennett did not believe to be serious. When asked following Virginia's 81-60 defeat whether Harris would start Monday against Washington in the opening round of the Maui Invitational, Bennett was noncommittal.

"I thought (Harris) did well in stretches," Bennett said. "But I think you can poke holes in just about everything."

By Steve Yanda  | November 19, 2010; 1:53 AM ET
Categories:  Men's Basketball  
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