Williams shows off perimeter skills

Troy Williams showed off his outside shooting skills Sunday night against Minnesota. He made three perimeter shots, including a pair of 3-pointers, in Indiana's 90-71 win over the Golden Gophers.

The one big knock against Troy Williams having a chance to play at the next level anytime soon has always been his inability to knock down the perimeter jumper.

When you look back at Victor Oladipo and his ascent to the NBA it was his junior season when he developed an outside game that made him a future lottery pick.

That has always been the knock on Williams. That facet of his game has yet to really evolve.

Which is why what happened Sunday night at Assembly Hall was that much more remarkable.

Williams knocked down three perimeter shots in as many attempts. Two of them were from beyond 3-point range, an area that he rarely roams.

Williams finished with 19 points in Indiana’s 90-71 victory over Minnesota.

His two 3-pointers were big because they were part of IU’s school-record 18 3-pointers made performance. The previous record was 17 set in 2002 against Illinois and repeated in 2007 against Penn State.

“I’m happy to be a part of the record,’’ Williams said. “But as for the shooting, we’ve been working hard on it with coach (Tim) Buckley and all the other coaches. It has just been extra work in the gym.’’

So just how significant was Williams’ ability to make 3-pointers on Sunday?

Consider this: In the first 25 games of the 2014-15 season, Williams had attempted a total of six 3-point shots. He had made one.

He doubled that production when he made both of his 3-point attempts Sunday. His second one, with 21 seconds to play, was No. 18 for the Hoosiers and gave IU the school record.

For his career, Williams was 7-of-35 from 3-point range coming into the game.

Indiana coach Tom Crean said Williams has been working hard on his shot.

“That’s something that is growing,’’ Crean said. “It’s something that is a part of him. He wants to be a complete player.

Crean said it is something that will evolve with Williams’ game.

“Is it something that is a huge part of everything right now? It will be,’’ Crean said. “But the bottom line is it has got to continue. He’s working to a point where he’s feeling confident and those shots look good. I credit Tim Buckley for the extra time he spends with him. Troy is very serious about his shot.’’

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