A display of Jordan Williams's 'typical' attitude
Coach Gary Williams said that down the stretch he felt his team "did a lot of good things. I thought we ran some great plays, we played good defense, we just couldn't keep jumping with them. I thought that the last three minutes they just seemed to have better legs than us. We couldn't get up like they did."
Indeed, Georgia Tech finished the game with a 45-38 edge in the rebounding battle and a 21-14 advantage on the offensive boards. That proved critical in keeping the Yellow Jackets in the game -- and at times, in the lead -- as they outscored Maryland in second chance points, 24-12.
When Georgia Tech forward Derrick Favors missed a lay-up with just more than three minutes remaining, it was the Yellow Jackets' second shot of that offensive possession. Favors already had snagged an offensive rebound off a missed jumper by forward Gani Lawal.
All of that made the effort freshman foward Jordan Williams displayed in the moments following Favors's miss stand out even more. Minutes earlier, Gary Williams had flung off his suit jacket in a fit of rage after Georgia Tech had recorded yet another offensive rebound. The Terrapins could not afford to let the Yellow Jackets have too many more second chance opportunities.
And so as the ball bounced across the lane away from the basket, Jordan Williams gave chase before diving to grab it. He wrestled for it with a Georgia Tech player who also dove in the ball's direction, and when the referee signalled for a jump ball, a little, intangible victory had been won for the Terrapins. The possession arrow, you see, was pointing in their direction.
"That loose ball play he made was typical of his attitude," Gary Williams said of Jordan.
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