"I've been to Catawba College, then after that year I went to juco, Indian Hills in Iowa. Then my junior year I went to Arkansas Tech. I signed with Lamar out of juco, but things didn't work out. So I was blessed to come here to Tech."
Williams, who was doused by a player as he celebrated the "big four-nine," is being blessed - finally - with his roster. Bahamas native Leon Cooper Jr., who had 17 points and 12 rebounds, was out for several weeks with a shoulder injury, and Eddie Gordon has missed some games.
With more or less a full roster, the Bears are jockeying for position in the small world of NAIA independents. Again, there will be a six-team tournament for the loosely aligned Association of Independent Institutions, played at Life University of Marietta, Ga.
Tech and LU-Belleville, who will play in the regular-season finale March 1 in the Illinois suburbs of St. Louis, are jostling for position, with Cal State-San Marcos ranked fourth nationally.
But that has two months to play out. Next up for Tech is Virginia University of Lynchburg, which visits the Baisi Center at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Still, the birthday boy likes where his team is.
"I'm really proud of these guys, I told them, for staying together through the adversity," Williams said. "We've had a lot of injuries; we added Stephen Coles the last game. We've had so many different lineups every game. And then we went through a brutal stretch of good teams on the road in a condensed period.
"But we knew we had some home games coming up, and we have some talent. I thought we put it together tonight, in a decent 40 minutes of basketball."
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