Junior guard Williams scores 1,000th point in men’s basketball win against UTSA

Junior guard Williams scores 1,000th point in men’s basketball win against UTSA

Junior guard Williams scores 1,000th point in men’s basketball win against UTSA
February 27
23:32 2014

Akshay Mirchandani // Staff Writer

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Mean Green men’s basketball team continued its late season push and beat the University of Texas at San Antonio 71-62 on the road Thursday night, extending the win streak to four games.

It was also a special game for junior guard Jordan Williams, as he scored his 1,000th career point early in the second half. Williams led the Mean Green (15-13, 6-8) in scoring with 14 points and also grabbed five rebounds, and now stands at 1,010 career points.

“It was a very, very big accomplishment,” Williams said. “We didn’t think I would get there because my freshman year I didn’t play the second half [of the season], but coach said it was a good accomplishment to get it within two and a half years.”

The four straight wins come after a five-game losing streak at the beginning of the month. UNT is still in the hunt for a first-round bye in the Conference USA tournament, which is awarded to the top nine of the 15 C-USA teams.

“When we had that five game losing streak, our guys kept working,” head coach Tony Benford said. “They kept coming to practice every day working hard, staying together. Nobody was pointing fingers.”

The first half of the game was close throughout, but the Roadrunners (8-19, 4-10) distanced itself and took a 32-24 lead on the Mean Green into halftime.

“They did what they were supposed to do,” junior guard Chris Jones said. “They ran their offense and they got stops on the defensive end, and we weren’t ourselves.”

Things changed for the Mean Green in the second half as the team outscored UTSA 47-30 and improved the shooting percentage from 34.8 percent in the first half to 53.3 percent in the second.  Williams, junior guard T.J. Taylor and senior guard Brandan Walton all scored in double digits for the Mean Green.

“We’ve got to score in transition. We’re built to run and we were able to do that tonight in the second half when we got stops,” Benford said. “We moved the ball and the ball did not stick in the second half like it did in the first half, meaning we were passing it around.”

UNT will return home for the final two games of the season to play the University of Texas at El Paso at 2 p.m. on Sunday in the Super Pit.

Feature photo: Junior guard Jordan Williams slam dunks the ball during a home game against Northwood  University on Nov. 8, 2013. Photo by Nicole Arnold / Visuals Editor 

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