First, Williams disrupted on the defensive end.
He then provided much-needed production to keep the 49ers at arm’s length.
Williams had three steals in a 7-minute span. The last evolved into a coast-to-coast layup that put the Mountaineers ahead 24-9.
“Yeah, I think he’s a big part of what we do defensively,” Kerns said. “He brings a lot of energy.”
Williams was part of the second-half surge thanks to his point production, scoring 11 of his game-high 18 there. He hit back-to-back 3-pointers after Charlotte cut App State’s lead to single digits.
Williams, a senior guard who joined the program as junior college transfer before the 2017-18 season, said Kerns urged him after the last game to shoot more and be aggressive.
“That’s what I did tonight, and that’s what I’m going to do the rest of the season,” Williams said.