The workload hasn't seemed to affect either, though. Harris leads the Big 12 in scoring, averaging 22.7 points after dropping in a career-high 33 against Duquesne. Staten is third in the league in scoring (20.0) after his career-high 28 against the Dukes and leads the Big 12 in assists (7.3 per game).
Huggins said Wednesday that Staten's minutes aren't a concern, at least this early in the season.
"I've had a lot of guys play a lot of minutes,'' Huggins said. "Darris Nichols almost never came out.''
The two injuries aren't the only circumstances that have caused the Mountaineers to be short-handed, though. Junior college forward Jonathan Holton's eligibility is still up in the air, but Huggins hasn't given up on adding him to the active roster. He just doesn't know when it might happen, if it does.
"Eventually we'll have to make a decision about whether it's worth it,'' Huggins said, meaning a decision on whether to play Holton or redshirt him if he does become eligible. "But we've only played three games, so we don't have to decide now.''
Tonight's game with Georgia Southern is technically the beginning of the Cancun Challenge. Two games are played on campus - the second for WVU is Saturday afternoon against Presbyterian - and then two more next week in Mexico.
Georgia Southern's two wins were lopsided ones against Toccoa Falls (Ga.) and Columbia International (S.C.), both small Christian colleges. The loss was perhaps more impressive, however, coming 81-80 in overtime at Miami.
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