As mentioned in the game story for last night’s 89-50 win over New Jersey Institute of Technology, sophomore center Jordan Williams’ sixth consecutive double-double is one short of tying Joe Smith’s school record of seven straight set in 1995.
Williams finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
“That’s what he does,” senior guard Adrian Bowie said. “We expect that out of Jordan all the time. He’s a rebounding machine. He’s hard to handle down low. He draws doubles and makes it easier for me. I love Jordan.”
Williams was not the focal point of the offense in the second half and didn’t secure his latest double-double until he connected on a layup for his 11th point with 8:20 to go in the game. Still, he has a good shot at tying Smith’s record when the Terps face North Florida in their next game, Wednesday at Comcast Center. The Atlantic Sun school is 4-7 this season and will ride a four-game losing streak into College Park.
Williams leads all Atlantic Coast Conference players in rebounding (11.9 per game), defensive rebounds (8.1 per game) and field goal percentage (.574 percent). He also ranks third in the conference in scoring with 18.2 points per game.
“If I had zero points and zero rebounds tonight and we won the game, I would have been happy,” Williams said. “That’s the type of person I am. Obviously, competitively and personally, I would have been upset, but overall I would have been happy that we won the game.”
If coach Gary Williams had to nitpick in such a decisive victory, it was the rebound margin. Maryland only out-rebounded NJIT 35-28, and against a team that started only one player over 6-foot-3 (Waldorf native Dytanya Johnson, who played only six minutes), the effort on the glass wasn’t good enough, the coach said.
“They weren’t very big. They hustled and got a couple balls that really bothered me because they were hustle rebounds,” Gary Williams said. “In other words, the ball got on the floor off the rim and they got them. In big games you cant give up those rebounds. That’s still an area that we have to get better at.”
-- Mike Miller