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Harris & Mitchell Anchor UVa in Win Over Maryland

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A girl in the stands at the Virginia/Maryland basketball game held a sign demanding Joe Harris "to pass her the rock."

"It was a good sign," laughed Harris. "I mean it looked good,"  

Virginia head coach Tony Bennett is the first to point out that Harris doesn't care too much about the attention. 

Bennett said, "He's okay with being the second option or the third option, that's the way he's wired."

Meanwhile fellow senior, Akil Mitchell, is helping Harris anchor UVa to their best ACC start since the 1981-82 team starring Ralph Sampson after beating Maryland 61-to-53. 

Harris said, "They're experiencing what somebody hasn't done since that time so I mean people have talked about it but I wouldn't say that we put a lot of thought or weight into it."

"At this point, we're just enjoying our last season, having fun playing," said Mitchell. "We feel like this is a special team and whatever we can do to contribute helps."

Harris led the Cavaliers with 19 points while Mitchell added 13 points in Virginia's win over the Terps. UVa will hit the road on Friday to face Clemson - a place where both Mitchell and Harris have never won.

"It will be a good test for us," said Mitchell. "They're a good defensive team and it's a tough place to play. So we've gotta be ready to go."

Harris added, "Coach talked the other day about how we're working our way up some stairs and we have to have two feet on each stair before we can go to the next one, so we're no trying to get ahead of ourselves."


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