SAN ANTONIO Terrence Williams hasnt been much of a shooter in his two-plus seasons with the Charlotte 49ers.
That might be starting to change as the 49ers (10-4, 1-0) face Texas-San Antonio (5-9, 1-0) in a Conference USA game 4 p.m. Saturday at the UTSA Convocation Center.
Williams career shooting percentage has hovered in the 33 percent range, which is where it is this season. But over Charlottes last four games hes hitting nearly 50 percent (13 of 27), including a 4-of-9 performance (16 points) in a 73-68 victory against Texas-El Paso on Thursday in the 49ers Conference USA opener.
I really worked on my shooting over the summer, coming in the gym with Pierria (Henry), Shawn (Lester) and Denzel (Ingram), said Williams, a 6-foot-4 junior from West Mecklenburg High. It all just comes to hard work.
Williams has become a reliable 3-point shooter, too, making 43.5 percent from long range. Although he didnt try a 3 against the UTEP, hes made seven of his last 10.
• 49ers opponents were averaging 72.3 points before Thursdays game, a number coach Alan Major earlier this week said was too high for his liking. He said hed prefer it to be in the 68- or 69-point range, and, after the 49ers limited the Miners to 41.8 percent shooting, thats what he got in the 49ers first Conference USA game.
• The 49ers didnt make it easy on themselves in the final minutes against UTEP. After going ahead 68-60 on a pair of free throws by Williams with 3:39 left, Charlotte made just 3 of 8 free throws the rest of the way. Thorne also committed two fouls in 15 seconds, fouling out with 2:18 left. Then there were two turnovers, one that led to a layup by UTEPs Julian Washburn with 25 seconds left that cut Charlottes lead to 4.
• Henry missed some practice time this week with a head injury (he got bopped on the noggin in a practice after the N.C. A&T game). He was in foul trouble most of the night against UTEP, but he finished with 13 points, 7 assists and 4 turnovers.
• Best victory of the season for the 49ers now has become, not Michigan, but Kansas State in Puerto Rico. The 25th-ranked Wildcats (12-3) lost the next game in the tournament against Georgetown, but they have won 10 straight, including victories against Gonzaga and Oklahoma State.
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