Troy Williams evolving in Montreal

MONTREAL — Friday’s exhibition against Laval brought glimpses of a more refined game for sophomore Troy Williams.

One of the lasting snapshots of the night came in the first two minutes of the second quarter when Williams rebounded a missed 3-point attempt by James Blackmon Jr., spun off the elbow and finished a pretty turnaround jumper to give Indiana 36-33 lead at the time.

It was an active night for Williams, who punctuated the performance with six dunks and was seen diving for loose balls late in the game while Indiana held a 20-point advantage.

He finished with 21 points on 9-for-13 shooting, with six rebounds. He also led all players with five turnovers.

“There’s no question he’s improving,” Crean said. “There’s no question he’s improved to this point, and it’s a continuance of really understanding what it takes. Like I said to the players (Friday), you’re not scientists. The players are not scientists. Scientists love to experiment. Practices are for experiments, not the games. The games, we’ve gotta go with what’s working.

“Our program, to a high degree, we practice to their potential. There’s never a situation where we talk about what they can’t do or what they gotta do better and don’t work on it. At the same time, we’re always looking for things to stretch their game. But when we get into the game, more than ever, we’ve got to do a better job of playing to our strengths during the game. I thought Troy did a good job of that.”