T-Will joins elite company with triple-double

Terrence Williams joined an elite club with his performance Saturday against Hartford. The 6'6 junior forward scored 14 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished 13 assists to become just the third player in Louisville history to record a triple-double.

Terrence Williams joined an elite club with his performance Saturday against Hartford. The 6'6 junior forward scored 14 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished 13 assists to become just the third player in Louisville history to record a triple-double.

Williams, who scored just 3 first half points, got Louisville's offense untracked early with his passing, handing out eight assists in the first 20 minutes of action.

"You can see what makes us go - T-Will passing the basketball makes everybody better," Rick Pitino said. "The three guys that looked the best in practice the last ten days have been Terrance Farley, Andre McGee and T-Will. Since I've been a coach the guys that practice well, play well."


Terrence Williams became the third player
in Louisville history to record a
triple-double Saturday against Hartford.
Afterward, a more mature Williams was more interested in talking about his team's performance than his own. It certainly was an impressive team performance as the Cardinals hit a school-record 22 three-points and defeated Hartford 104-69.

"I'd rather talk about our team's performance," said Williams, who joins Samaki Walker and Ellis Myles as the only Cards to record triple-doubles. "I think we played good. We also did a lot of stupid things that we need to work on before we come out tomorrow. But I credit my teammates for my performance. If they didn't hit the shots I wouldn't get the assists. I got the ball to the right spots and they hit open shots."

Williams also had 9 of his 12 rebounds in the opening half. He said he's had to focus more on hitting the boards with 6'8 Juan Palacios sidelined with an injury.

"He is a multi-dimensional, skilled basketball player," Pitino said. "He's got great passing skills and he enjoys passing. T-Will's got to cut down on his turnovers but he does it all. He rebounds, plays good defense, a good leader, he's vocal, he's got a lot of charisma and he's a good dancer. He's just got the whole package."

After the game, Pitino made sure Williams know he appreciated his history-making performance.

"He told me congratulations," Williams said. "Congratulations from Coach P goes a long way. It's an honor to go down in Louisville history. I'm just happy it happened today."

Williams also played a big part in his team's record-setting three-point performance, making 4 of 6 triples of his own.

"That's a great accomplishment," Williams said. "The basket for some probably felt like the ocean but early on for me it felt like a little hole. We practice a lot shooting three's and it showed tonight."

Louisville has a quick around as they'll play Jackson State Sunday afternoon in the second round of the Findlay Las Vegas Invitational. Though his team was impressive on offense, T-Will said the Cardinals need to continue to make strides on defense.

"It was a great offensive showing but we can get better on the defensive end," Williams said. "They couldn't even stuff anymore 3 (signs) in the three chart. Whenever you do something like that and score 100 points I think the (fans) get a free taco. Whenever that happens it's a great accomplishment."

So, did Williams think his effort against Hartford was his best?

"I had eight turnovers," Williams said. "I'm my worst critic besides Coach P. Eight turnovers is not acceptable. If I had a triple-double with only two turnovers I'd say this was my best game. But not with eight turnovers."

Williams plans a low-key celebration tonight.

"I'll go out to eat probably. Me and Andre (McGee) will go out to eat," Williams said. "Everybody talks about my triple-double but this is his first time scoring 18 points. That's his career-high. If it wasn't for him I wouldn't have it – probably six of my assists came from him hitting three's. So I'll probably take him out to eat, my treat. "

Where will T-Will take McGee?

"Probably Taco Bell," he joked.


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