Jordan Williams Riding A New Year's Resolution Into Marshall

Jordan Williams defends a Southern Miss drive to the bucket last Thursday. Williams is averaging 14.9 points after the New Year for his career.

Jordan Williams defends a Southern Miss drive to the bucket last Thursday. Williams is averaging 14.9 points after the New Year for his career.

North Texas (9-7, 0-2 C-USA) vs. Marshall (6-11, 0-2 C-USA)
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 • 6 p.m.
Huntington, W.V. • Cam Henderson Center (9,048)
Radio: MGRN - 88.1 KNTU-FM, 95.3 KHYI-FM
TV: Time Warner Cable SportsChannel
NCAA RPI (1/13): NT - 182, Marshall - 295
Series: Marshall leads 1-0 (81-78, 12/28/90, Bloomington, Ind.)

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Don't get me wrong, Jordan Williams is no slouch in November and December. He just seems to kick into high gear after the turn of the year, and the North Texas basketball team will need Williams clicking on all cylinders on one of the year's longest road trips to Marshall and Charlotte.

The junior is scoring 11.1 points per game for his career in Nov. and Dec., but is averaging 14.9 per game after the turn of the New Year. Williams tallied 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting against Southern Miss last Thursday, and followed it up with 14 points on 5-of-10 from the floor against Tulane.

Williams' accolades have him climbing the North Texas career scoring charts. At 841 points, Williams is just 48 shy of 30th place in school history. His teammate, Alzee Williams, has already entered the top 30.

In fact, with 916 career points Alzee Williams just passed NT fan favorite Quincy Williams and Crest Whitaker for 26th in school history. He is looking to become just the 20th player in school history to reach the 1,000 point plateau.

Williams and Williams will be apart of an up-tempo affair when NT makes its first trip to Marshall on Thursday. Marshall features C-USA's third-highest scoring attack at 80.4 points per game, which trails only Louisiana Tech (85.9 PPG) and East Carolina (83.6 PPG). The Thundering Herd's team field goal percentage of 45.8 ranks 5th in C-USA.

Still without the services of C-USA's highest scorer, Elijah Pittman (21.4 PPG), the Marshall offense revolves around redshirt freshman point guard Kareem Canty. The Harlem, N.Y. native is averaging 16.4 points and a C-USA-high 6.5 assists per game. Canty also ranks 5th in the league with 2.06 3-pointers per game and has logged the 2nd most minutes in C-USA at 36.2 per game.


 

 

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