33 Sawyer Williams
33 Sawyer Williams
Birth Date: 7-7-94
Height: 6-8
Weight: 215
Year: Senior
Hometown: Owenton, Ky.
High School: Owen County
Previous College: Morehead State
Position: F
Major: Biology
gp 29
pts/g 18.0
fg % 61.0
3pt % -
ft % 70.3
reb/g 6.7
a/g 1.7

2016-17: Williams closed his Carson-Newman career as one of the best Eagles to ever don the Orange and Blue. He was named the South Atlantic Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year following his senior season.  Williams is the first Carson-Newman men's basketball player to garner the accolade for head men's basketball coach Chuck Benson and the first for the program since Jesse McMurray won it in 2007-08.  Williams joins McMurray, Jonathan Martin (2004-05), Brad Woolsey (2000-01) and Collin Martin (1997-98 & 98-99) as the sixth Eagle honoree.  The Carson-Newman men's basketball program has more SAC scholar athlete honorees than any other program in the league.  Mars Hill has had players recognized five times, Anderson on four occasions. "I think this award epitomizes what Sawyer has been about from day one," head men's basketball coach Chuck Benson said. "He is a true student athlete, and I couldn't be prouder of this achievement.  It's absolutely a testament to his character and the kind of person he is.  We talk about the characteristics that it takes to be successful.  "Sawyer already possessed a lot of those when he got here.  Then you look at the personal sacrifices he made in an incredibly challenging academic degree plan.  He was super focused on his academics and athletics.  His social life was a distant third.  He made those two areas his top priorities, and now he sits here with this incredibly prestigious honor." A biology major with a 3.39 GPA, Williams intends to enroll in veterinary school in the fall.  He is a four-time member of the Dean's List and will make the Commissioner's Honor Roll and Eagle Scholar all four years of his career.  Twice he earned CoSIDA Academic All-District Accolades.  He also snagged back-to-back All-SAC selections as a junior and senior. Williams turned in his best season as a Carson-Newman basketball player as a senior, averaging 18.2 points per game and 6.8 rebounds.  The senior bypassed the 1,500-point plateau in the Eagles' SAC quarterfinal win over Newberry, becoming the 13th Eagle all-time past that post. With 1,528 career he is the 12th best scorer in school history and the third best scorer for the Eagles in the Division II era.  Williams scored double digits in 37 straight games, the second longest streak in Carson-Newman basketball history, to close his career. The senior finished second in SAC history for field goal percentage. Williams hit 61.4 percent of his shots all-time. He ranks eighth all-time in league history with 575 career shots made.  Williams scored 20 or more points 12 times this season.  He had seven double-doubles, which are the second most for a single season in school history.  

2015-16:  Williams wraps up a junior campaign with his first ever postseason laurels form the league office - a second team All-SAC honor.  Williams, who became the 23rd member of the Eagles' 1,000-point club in the SAC quarterfinals against Wingate, will head into his senior season second on the active leaderboard in Division II in career field goal percentage.  He will rank sixth among active leaders next year among players in all divisions.  Williams made 61 percent of his shots in his junior campaign to finish seventh in the league.  He has shot 61 percent from the field throughout his career.  The Morehead State transfer was second on the team in scoring with 16.7 points per game. He also led the Eagles in rebounding with 7.0 boards per game.  Williams tallied his best game of the season against Lincoln Memorial in Harrogate when he dropped 37 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in defeat.  The junior had a pair of double-doubles on the season and had an octet of 20-point efforts.  Wiliams had 20 points and 10 boards against No. 20 Lenoir-Rhyne for his other double-double aside from the LMU game.  He came a rebound away from matching his career high with 13 boards at Anderson.  He hit double digits in 23 games and rides a career-long eight-game double-digit scoring streak into next season.  He grabbed at least five rebounds in all but five games on the year for the Eagles.  He led C-N in scoring eight times, rebounding on nine occasions, assists on three, steals on four and blocks on eight occasions in his junior campaign.  Williams handed out a career high five assists in the Eagles' meeting in Holt Fieldhouse with No. 7 Lincoln Memorial. 

2014-15: Carson-Newman's third leading scorer and rebounder. He averaged 11.5 points and 5.4 rebounds per game while ranking second in the league in field goal percentage at 60 percent.  Williams scored double figures in 19 games and led C-N in scoring on five occasions. He grabbed five or more rebounds on 18 occasions, including a quartet of 10-rebound games. Williams had a trio of double-doubles, against Coker (1/17), Tusculum (1/21) and Coker (3/4).  Williams eclipsed 20 points twice, hitting for a season high 22 against Wingate (2/14) and Newberry (1/24).  Williams bested his career rebounding mark against Queens (2/21) when he hauled in 14 caroms, including 12 defensive rebounds. He also had a career best four steals against Queens that game. He led C-N in rebounds seven times, and blocks six.  He reset his career highs for field goals made and attempted against Wingate (2/14) hitting 10 of the 14 shots he took. 

2013-14: C-N's fifth leading scorer in his freshman season and its third leading rebounder.  Averaged 7.8 points and 3.9 rebounds per game.  He became Carson-Newman's first freshman since Corbin Jackson to pull down a double-double; he did so with 27 points and 10 rebounds in a road win over Newberry (3/1).  Both totals would be career and season highs for Williams.  Williams led C-N and was second in the SAC in field goal percentage, sinking 62.6 percent of his shots.  His career highs for made field goals and attempts also came against Newberry.  He was 10-for-13 from the field.  Williams closed the season on a tear by scoring in double figures in seven of the Eagles last eight games.  He averaged 13.6 points during that stretch run.  Williams had seven games with at least five rebounds and nine games with double digits in points.  He made a career high seven of eight free throws against Newberry as well.  

2012-13 (Morehead State): Redshirted his freshman season as a walkon for Morehead State. 

High School: A two-sport athlete for Owens County High School, Williams was named his conference's player of the year his junior and senior seasons and the region's player of the year his senior year.  Following his senior season, he participated in the Kentucky v. Ohio All-Star Game.  He scored 1,186 points in his high school career, grabbed 740 rebounds and blocked 136 shots.  His senior year, Williams nearly averaged a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds. As a football player, Williams was named his district's MVP. 

Personal: He is the son of Rusty and Heidi Williams and has a brother Carson and a sister Kelsey.  Williams plans to study to become a veterinarian at C-N. 

Recent Games
Feb 15 at Tusculum W, 75-74
Feb 18 at Wingate L, 90-79
Feb 22 Brevard W, 96-55
Feb 25 Coker W, 120-91
Mar 1 Newberry W, 96-74
Mar 4 vs. Lincoln Memorial L, 105-62
Statistics category Overall Conf
Games 29 21
Games started 28 20
Minutes 1013 720
Minutes per game 34.9 34.3
FG 197-323 137-232
FG Pct 61.0 59.1
3PT 0-0 0-0
3PT Pct - -
FT 128-182 97-128
FT Pct 70.3 75.8
Off rebounds 87 66
Def rebounds 108 68
Total rebounds 195 134
Rebounds per game 6.7 6.4
Personal fouls 82 60
Disqualifications 1 1
Assists 50 28
Turnovers 43 32
Assist to turnover ratio 1.2 0.9
Steals 18 11
Blocks 32 18
Points 522 371
Points per game 18.0 17.7
Points per 40 min 20.6 20.6
Date Opponent Score gs min fg pct 3pt pct ft pct pts
Nov 11 vs. Southern Wesleyan W, 106-83 1 32 7-9 77.8 0-0 - 4-6 66.7 18
Nov 12 at Lander W, 88-75 1 37 6-13 46.2 0-0 - 3-5 60.0 15
Nov 16 Virginia-Wise W, 96-91 1 43 7-8 87.5 0-0 - 2-6 33.3 16
Nov 22 Lincoln Memorial W, 111-109 1 44 6-17 35.3 0-0 - 6-7 85.7 18
Nov 25 vs. Hillsdale L, 73-61 1 36 10-13 76.9 0-0 - 3-6 50.0 23
Nov 26 vs. Winona St. L, 73-69 1 31 7-9 77.8 0-0 - 2-3 66.7 16
Nov 30 Johnson C. Smith L, 88-75 1 38 8-14 57.1 0-0 - 9-10 90.0 25
Dec 3 at Newberry W, 116-94 1 37 14-18 77.8 0-0 - 5-5 100.0 33
Dec 10 Queens (N.C.) L, 112-90 1 31 4-7 57.1 0-0 - 5-5 100.0 13
Dec 14 Catawba W, 78-71 1 36 3-8 37.5 0-0 - 7-8 87.5 13
Dec 17 at Lenoir-Rhyne L, 72-66 1 39 5-14 35.7 0-0 - 5-7 71.4 15
Dec 31 at Mars Hill W, 76-71 - - - - - - - - -
Jan 4 Tusculum W, 95-84 - 27 7-10 70.0 0-0 - 2-2 100.0 16
Jan 7 Wingate L, 79-77 1 37 6-9 66.7 0-0 - 8-11 72.7 20
Jan 11 at Brevard W, 86-71 1 35 6-9 66.7 0-0 - 9-11 81.8 21
Jan 14 at Coker W, 84-78 1 40 9-13 69.2 0-0 - 6-7 85.7 24
Jan 18 Anderson (S.C.) W, 100-77 1 28 4-7 57.1 0-0 - 2-6 33.3 10
Jan 21 Newberry W, 110-91 1 35 10-16 62.5 0-0 - 6-7 85.7 26
Jan 25 at Lincoln Memorial L, 108-76 1 29 9-14 64.3 0-0 - 3-4 75.0 21
Jan 28 at Queens (N.C.) L, 72-70 1 37 5-8 62.5 0-0 - 4-7 57.1 14
Feb 1 Mars Hill W, 91-78 1 23 2-6 33.3 0-0 - 6-6 100.0 10
Feb 4 at Catawba L, 77-76 1 37 5-13 38.5 0-0 - 4-5 80.0 14
Feb 8 at Anderson (S.C.) W, 73-70 1 32 4-6 66.7 0-0 - 2-3 66.7 10
Feb 11 Lenoir-Rhyne W, 93-65 1 29 4-6 66.7 0-0 - 2-2 100.0 10
Feb 15 at Tusculum W, 75-74 1 38 12-17 70.6 0-0 - 1-2 50.0 25
Feb 18 at Wingate L, 90-79 1 36 5-12 41.7 0-0 - 4-8 50.0 14
Feb 22 Brevard W, 96-55 1 30 8-10 80.0 0-0 - 4-4 100.0 20
Feb 25 Coker W, 120-91 1 40 9-12 75.0 0-0 - 6-11 54.5 24
Mar 1 Newberry W, 96-74 1 38 10-13 76.9 0-0 - 5-8 62.5 25
Mar 4 vs. Lincoln Memorial L, 105-62 1 38 5-12 41.7 0-0 - 3-10 30.0 13
Date Opponent Score gs min off def reb ast to a/to stl blk pf dq
Nov 11 vs. Southern Wesleyan W, 106-83 1 32 1 5 6 5 0 - 2 1 2 -
Nov 12 at Lander W, 88-75 1 37 4 8 12 4 2 2.0 0 3 3 0
Nov 16 Virginia-Wise W, 96-91 1 43 1 5 6 4 0 - 2 3 1 -
Nov 22 Lincoln Memorial W, 111-109 1 44 6 2 8 1 0 - 0 0 2 -
Nov 25 vs. Hillsdale L, 73-61 1 36 3 3 6 1 3 0.3 0 0 4 -
Nov 26 vs. Winona St. L, 73-69 1 31 3 4 7 1 3 0.3 1 0 3 -
Nov 30 Johnson C. Smith L, 88-75 1 38 5 6 11 2 1 2.0 0 3 4 -
Dec 3 at Newberry W, 116-94 1 37 5 5 10 0 2 0.0 1 1 3 -
Dec 10 Queens (N.C.) L, 112-90 1 31 0 4 4 3 1 3.0 0 1 4 -
Dec 14 Catawba W, 78-71 1 36 1 6 7 1 1 1.0 0 0 3 -
Dec 17 at Lenoir-Rhyne L, 72-66 1 39 4 8 12 2 4 0.5 1 0 3 -
Dec 31 at Mars Hill W, 76-71 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Jan 4 Tusculum W, 95-84 - 27 4 0 4 0 1 0.0 0 1 2 -
Jan 7 Wingate L, 79-77 1 37 5 6 11 0 3 0.0 0 1 3 -
Jan 11 at Brevard W, 86-71 1 35 2 3 5 1 1 1.0 1 0 4 -
Jan 14 at Coker W, 84-78 1 40 4 2 6 3 0 - 1 0 4 -
Jan 18 Anderson (S.C.) W, 100-77 1 28 1 4 5 1 1 1.0 0 0 2 -
Jan 21 Newberry W, 110-91 1 35 5 0 5 0 0 - 0 1 1 -
Jan 25 at Lincoln Memorial L, 108-76 1 29 0 3 3 1 1 1.0 1 1 4 0
Jan 28 at Queens (N.C.) L, 72-70 1 37 0 2 2 2 2 1.0 1 3 3 -
Feb 1 Mars Hill W, 91-78 1 23 1 3 4 3 0 - 4 0 5 1
Feb 4 at Catawba L, 77-76 1 37 4 1 5 2 4 0.5 0 1 2 -
Feb 8 at Anderson (S.C.) W, 73-70 1 32 1 1 2 1 5 0.2 0 0 4 0
Feb 11 Lenoir-Rhyne W, 93-65 1 29 2 4 6 2 0 - 1 2 2 -
Feb 15 at Tusculum W, 75-74 1 38 7 5 12 1 1 1.0 0 1 2 -
Feb 18 at Wingate L, 90-79 1 36 6 2 8 0 3 0.0 0 1 4 -
Feb 22 Brevard W, 96-55 1 30 2 2 4 1 1 1.0 0 2 1 -
Feb 25 Coker W, 120-91 1 40 6 5 11 3 1 3.0 0 2 2 -
Mar 1 Newberry W, 96-74 1 38 4 5 9 5 1 5.0 1 3 2 -
Mar 4 vs. Lincoln Memorial L, 105-62 1 38 0 4 4 0 1 0.0 1 1 3 0
  gp gs min/g fg/g pct 3pt/g pct ft/g pct ppg
Total 29 28 34.9 6.8-11.1 61.0 0.0-0.0 - 4.4-6.3 70.3 18.0
Conference 21 20 34.3 6.5-11.0 59.1 0.0-0.0 - 4.6-6.1 75.8 17.7
Exhibition - - - 0.0-0.0 - 0.0-0.0 - 0.0-0.0 - -
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Home 14 13 34.2 6.3-10.2 61.5 0.0-0.0 - 5.0-6.6 75.3 17.6
Away 11 11 36.1 7.3-12.5 58.4 0.0-0.0 - 4.2-5.8 71.9 18.7
Neutral 4 4 34.3 7.2-10.8 67.4 0.0-0.0 - 3.0-6.2 48.0 17.5
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Wins 18 17 34.7 7.1-11.0 64.6 0.0-0.0 - 4.3-5.9 73.6 18.6
Losses 11 11 35.4 6.3-11.4 55.2 0.0-0.0 - 4.5-6.9 65.8 17.1
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November 7 7 37.3 7.3-11.9 61.4 0.0-0.0 - 4.1-6.1 67.4 18.7
December 4 4 35.8 6.5-11.8 55.3 0.0-0.0 - 5.5-6.2 88.0 18.5
January 8 7 33.5 7.0-10.8 65.1 0.0-0.0 - 5.0-6.9 72.7 19.0
February 8 8 33.1 6.1-10.2 59.8 0.0-0.0 - 3.6-5.1 70.7 15.9
March 2 2 38.0 7.5-12.5 60.0 0.0-0.0 - 4.0-9.0 44.4 19.0
  gp gs min fg pct 3pt pct ft pct pts
Total 29 28 1013 197-323 61.0 0-0 - 128-182 70.3 522
Conference 21 20 720 137-232 59.1 0-0 - 97-128 75.8 371
Exhibition - - - 0-0 - 0-0 - 0-0 - 0
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Home 14 13 479 88-143 61.5 0-0 - 70-93 75.3 246
Away 11 11 397 80-137 58.4 0-0 - 46-64 71.9 206
Neutral 4 4 137 29-43 67.4 0-0 - 12-25 48.0 70
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Wins 18 17 624 128-198 64.6 0-0 - 78-106 73.6 334
Losses 11 11 389 69-125 55.2 0-0 - 50-76 65.8 188
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November 7 7 261 51-83 61.4 0-0 - 29-43 67.4 131
December 4 4 143 26-47 55.3 0-0 - 22-25 88.0 74
January 8 7 268 56-86 65.1 0-0 - 40-55 72.7 152
February 8 8 265 49-82 59.8 0-0 - 29-41 70.7 127
March 2 2 76 15-25 60.0 0-0 - 8-18 44.4 38
  gp gs min/g fg/40 pct 3pt/40 pct ft/40 pct pts/40
Total 29 28 34.9 7.8-12.8 61.0 0.0-0.0 - 5.1-7.2 70.3 20.6
Conference 21 20 34.3 7.6-12.9 59.1 0.0-0.0 - 5.4-7.1 75.8 20.6
Exhibition - - - 0.0-0.0 - 0.0-0.0 - 0.0-0.0 - -
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Home 14 13 34.2 7.3-11.9 61.5 0.0-0.0 - 5.8-7.8 75.3 20.5
Away 11 11 36.1 8.1-13.8 58.4 0.0-0.0 - 4.6-6.4 71.9 20.8
Neutral 4 4 34.3 8.5-12.6 67.4 0.0-0.0 - 3.5-7.3 48.0 20.4
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Wins 18 17 34.7 8.2-12.7 64.6 0.0-0.0 - 5.0-6.8 73.6 21.4
Losses 11 11 35.4 7.1-12.9 55.2 0.0-0.0 - 5.1-7.8 65.8 19.3
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November 7 7 37.3 7.8-12.7 61.4 0.0-0.0 - 4.4-6.6 67.4 20.1
December 4 4 35.8 7.3-13.1 55.3 0.0-0.0 - 6.2-7.0 88.0 20.7
January 8 7 33.5 8.4-12.8 65.1 0.0-0.0 - 6.0-8.2 72.7 22.7
February 8 8 33.1 7.4-12.4 59.8 0.0-0.0 - 4.4-6.2 70.7 19.2
March 2 2 38.0 7.9-13.2 60.0 0.0-0.0 - 4.2-9.5 44.4 20.0
  gp gs mpg off/g def/g reb/g pf/g dq/g ast/g to/g a/to stl/g blk/g
Total 29 28 34.9 3.0 3.7 6.7 2.8 0.0 1.7 1.5 1.2 0.6 1.1
Conference 21 20 34.3 3.1 3.2 6.4 2.9 0.0 1.3 1.5 0.9 0.5 0.9
Exhibition - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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Home 14 13 34.2 3.1 3.7 6.8 2.4 0.1 1.9 0.8 2.4 0.6 1.4
Away 11 11 36.1 3.4 3.6 7.0 3.3 0.0 1.5 2.3 0.7 0.5 1.0
Neutral 4 4 34.3 1.8 4.0 5.8 3.0 0.0 1.8 1.8 1.0 1.0 0.5
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Wins 18 17 34.7 3.2 3.6 6.8 2.5 0.1 2.0 0.9 2.1 0.7 1.1
Losses 11 11 35.4 2.7 3.9 6.6 3.4 0.0 1.3 2.4 0.5 0.5 1.1
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November 7 7 37.3 3.3 4.7 8.0 2.7 0.0 2.6 1.3 2.0 0.7 1.4
December 4 4 35.8 2.5 5.8 8.3 3.3 - 1.5 2.0 0.8 0.5 0.5
January 8 7 33.5 2.6 2.5 5.1 2.9 0.0 1.0 1.1 0.9 0.5 0.9
February 8 8 33.1 3.6 2.9 6.5 2.8 0.1 1.6 1.9 0.9 0.6 1.1
March 2 2 38.0 2.0 4.5 6.5 2.5 0.0 2.5 1.0 2.5 1.0 2.0
  gp gs min off def reb pf dq ast to a/to stl blk
Total 29 28 1013 87 108 195 82 1 50 43 1.2 18 32
Conference 21 20 720 66 68 134 60 1 28 32 0.9 11 18
Exhibition - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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Home 14 13 479 43 52 95 34 1 26 11 2.4 8 19
Away 11 11 397 37 40 77 36 0 17 25 0.7 6 11
Neutral 4 4 137 7 16 23 12 0 7 7 1.0 4 2
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Wins 18 17 624 57 65 122 45 1 36 17 2.1 13 20
Losses 11 11 389 30 43 73 37 0 14 26 0.5 5 12
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November 7 7 261 23 33 56 19 0 18 9 2.0 5 10
December 4 4 143 10 23 33 13 - 6 8 0.8 2 2
January 8 7 268 21 20 41 23 0 8 9 0.9 4 7
February 8 8 265 29 23 52 22 1 13 15 0.9 5 9
March 2 2 76 4 9 13 5 0 5 2 2.5 2 4
  gp gs mpg off/40 def/40 reb/40 pf/40 dq/40 ast/40 to/40 a/to stl/40 blk/40
Total 29 28 34.9 3.4 4.3 7.7 3.2 0.0 2.0 1.7 1.2 0.7 1.3
Conference 21 20 34.3 3.7 3.8 7.4 3.3 0.1 1.6 1.8 0.9 0.6 1.0
Exhibition - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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Home 14 13 34.2 3.6 4.3 7.9 2.8 0.1 2.2 0.9 2.4 0.7 1.6
Away 11 11 36.1 3.7 4.0 7.8 3.6 0.0 1.7 2.5 0.7 0.6 1.1
Neutral 4 4 34.3 2.0 4.7 6.7 3.5 0.0 2.0 2.0 1.0 1.2 0.6
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Wins 18 17 34.7 3.7 4.2 7.8 2.9 0.1 2.3 1.1 2.1 0.8 1.3
Losses 11 11 35.4 3.1 4.4 7.5 3.8 0.0 1.4 2.7 0.5 0.5 1.2
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November 7 7 37.3 3.5 5.1 8.6 2.9 0.0 2.8 1.4 2.0 0.8 1.5
December 4 4 35.8 2.8 6.4 9.2 3.6 0.0 1.7 2.2 0.8 0.6 0.6
January 8 7 33.5 3.1 3.0 6.1 3.4 0.0 1.2 1.3 0.9 0.6 1.0
February 8 8 33.1 4.4 3.5 7.8 3.3 0.2 2.0 2.3 0.9 0.8 1.4
March 2 2 38.0 2.1 4.7 6.8 2.6 0.0 2.6 1.1 2.5 1.1 2.1
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