Rutgers Guard Mike Williams Makes Grandma Proud with Career-High 25 Points

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Sophomore Mike Williams set career-highs in points (25) and three-pointers (five), including a clutch basket in the closing minutes of an 87-84 escape against Central Arkansas. The blossoming guard discussed his big game, his grandmother's visit to the RAC and upcoming Las Vegas trip.

With a pre-Thanksgiving visit from Grandma as the inspiration, Mike Williams remains on fire through three Rutgers home games. The sophomore guard set multiple career-highs against Central Arkansas.

"A lot of late nights in the gym and working in the summer paid off," Williams said. "... [Confidence] is very high, especially now since I have a great point guard. Corey [Sanders] that's able to get me the ball."

Williams played in front of his grandmother Eva Johnson for the first time, and made per proud as well. 

"I wanted to give her a show, so she has something to talk about when she goes back to Brooklyn." Williams said. "... I dedicate this game to you Grandma. I love you."

Williams impressed his teammates and coaches with the solid start to the 2015-16 season. Williams averages a team-high 16 points per game along with five rebounds and two steals. His shooting clip from long range is up 15 percent from last season as a result. Coach Eddie Jordan attributed it to offseaosn work in the gym, and his teammate sare pleased with the result.

"Mike’s made a huge leap," said fellow sophomore D.J. Foreman. "Hes always had that game. It was all in his mind.”


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