Jan. 14, 2004
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The UMES men's basketball team continues a six-game road trip Wednesday with a non-conference game against the Elon University Phoenix. The Hawks (1-9, 1-3 MEAC) are coming off a 25-point loss at South Carolina State Monday night. UMES is now 1-2 on the trip, which also includes a loss to Maryland and a victory over N.C A&T.
The Phoenix, members of the Southern Conference, come in at 4-10 but have a 4-1 home record. The team has lost five straight coming into Wednesday's contest.
Scouting the Phoenix
The Elon University Phoenix, new members of the Southern Conference, have lost five straight games coming into play Wednesday night. The team is 4-10 overall this season (1-2 SoCon).
Elon is 4-1 in home games this season, including victories over American University and conference-foe Chattanooga. The team has struggled away from home however, going 0-9 in games outside Alumni Gym including a 42-point loss at Wake Forest, a 39-point loss at Cincinnati, and a 21-point loss at Georgetown.
Elon is in its first season in the conference, transferring from the Big South. The Phoenix are led in scoring and rebounding by junior forward Jackson Atoyebi at 14.5 ppg and 7.4 rpg. Point guard Scottie Rice is second on the team in scoring (12.5 ppg) and leads the team in assists (54) and steals (25).
News and Notes
UMES has not scored more than 55 points in a game in its last 6 contests (61 vs. Port. St, 12/27). The team is now averaging 52.9 ppg for the season (season-high 63 pts at RMU 12/21). The Hawks shot a season-high 46% from the field Monday...The Hawks are in the midst of a six-game road trip (1-2 thus far). The team will not play at home again until 1/24, almost three full weeks after their last game at the Hytche Center 1/5...The Hawks' win Saturday at N.C A&T was the team's first in the regular season since 3/6/03 (Howard), and ended a streak of nine straight losses. The Hawks started '02-'03 with 11 consecutive losses...The Hawks have two family connections between players and coaches. Tee Trotter is head coach Thomas Trotter's son, while center Tim Parham is a cousin of assistant coach Paris Parham...UMES used five different starting line-ups in its first five games. Only Tee Trotter has started every game for the Hawks this season.
Brian Mason and Shawn Wiggins each scored 22 points to lead the South Carolina State Bulldogs to an easy 78-53 win over UMES Monday night in Orangeburg, SC. The Hawks (1-9, 1-3 MEAC) trailed by 14 at halftime and by as many as 31 points in the second half before falling by 25 points.
The game was tied at 13 with 11:35 remaining in the first half after Jareem Dowling nailed a 17-foot jump shot, but then the Bulldogs (6-7, 3-1 MEAC) pulled away with a 15-0 run. The Hawks went about nine minutes without scoring a point in falling behind 28-13 before Tee Trotter finally ended the drought with a three-point shot.
South Carolina State picked up in the second half right where they left off, taking control of the game with a 12-4 run at the outset of the half to build a 44-22 point lead. Wiggins scored 19 of his 22 in the second half to help the Bulldogs pull away.
Trotter led UMES with 16 points (4-6 3-point attempts), but turned the ball over six times. The Hawks were outshot 60-41 in field goal attempts, and at the foul line 19 attempts to 11. The Bulldogs committed 15 turnovers to UMES' 21.
UMES ROSTER AT A GLANCE
Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. PPG RPG
1 Tee Trotter G 5'11 180 Sr. 13.4 2.2
Only Hawk to start every game...37 points combined in last two games...Has shot a combined 37-126 FGs (29%) (9-48 3-pt'ers) in last nine games after game-high 21 points (8-14 FGs, 5-6 3's) in season opener at Auburn...Returning leading scorer from '02-'03, also second in MEAC in scoring last season...MEAC second-team preseason selection, and candidate for Francis Pomery Naismith Award (nation's best player under 6'0).
32 Aaron Wellington G 5'11 160 So. 10.0 3.2
Scored 8 points (3-8 FGs) in 26 min at S. Car St....22 pts at RMU 12/21 is season high for Hawks player...Hawks' second-leading scorer in '02-'03...Pure shooter with knack for scoring.
21 Antoine Joiner F 6'5 180 Jr. 3.7 3.3
2 points (1-2 FGs) last two games combined in 57 min...Had season-high 13 pts against Del St 1/3...Shooting 11-39 FGs (28%) this season (6-21 3's)...Third on team in '02-'03 in three-pointers made (24) and three-point percentage (36%).
4 Javes Wiggins F 6'7 220 Sr. 4.2 6.9
Had 3 rebs at S. Car St after 23 rebs in past two games combined...Team's leading rebounder in '02-'03, also third-leading returning scorer.
55 Jason McKinnon C 6'11 270 Jr. 3.7 3.8
Has started 7 of 10 games...0 pts and 2 rebs combined last two games in only 16 min (both starts)...Had first-ever double-double (11 pts, 11 rebs) at RMU...Was one of conference's top big men at Kennedy King J.C. in '02-'03.
Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. PPG RPG
3 DeWitt Scott F 6'6 200 Fr. 2.9 1.1
Scored career-high 8 pts (3-4 FGs) in only 11 min at S. Car St...True freshman was among Illinois prep leaders in several categories as senior.
5 Lawrence Smith G 5'10 150 Jr. 0.4 0.4
Has no points and only 2 assists in 42 combined minutes the last five games...Defensive specialist with quick hands...Serves as a "pure" point guard.
10 Marcus Gutierrez G 6'4 185 So. 1.6 1.6
2 pts and 3 rebs in 6 min at S. Car St...Scored career-high 6 pts (3-5 FGs) in 12 min vs. Del St...Added to roster following conclusion of fall semester.
13 Kirk Wesley F 6'3 190 Sr. 0.8 0.2
Has seen limited action off the bench in six of the team's first nine games...All 5 pts this season from foul line...Hard-nosed player with athletic ability.
14 Jermaul Akanbi G 6'2 165 So. 0.3 0.3
Has played in 3 games this season...Scored only point of season vs. Howard...still growing into his ability as a D-I player.
23 Carl Pruitt (Tony) F 6'6 215 Jr. 3.3 1.7
DNP last two games because of ankle injury...Scored career-high 10 pts (4-10 FGs) at Maryland...Scored 29 points in exhibition win vs. One on One Sports...Junior college-transfer scored 13 ppg at Kennedy King J.C. in '02-'03.
33 Didier Socka F 6'7 225 Sr. 2.7 2.2
Scored 8 points at N.C A&T after scoring only 1 point in the previous five games combined...Started first two games, but has come off bench in the next seven...Returning leader in FG % (47%) and blocked shots (15) from '02-'03.
35 Shondale Robinson F 6'5 200 So. 0.0 1.3
Played career-high 12 min at S. Car St. (0 pts, 3 rebs, 2 blks)...Brother Cedrick Rashaw played at UMES, finishing his playing career in '99-'00.
42 Tim Parham C 6'9 240 Jr. 6.4 3.0
Had 6 pts but 0 rebs in 16 min at S. Car St...Scored 20 pts (8-10 FGs) in only 22 min vs. PSU (only 2nd D-I game)...Junior-college transfer joined team 12/20 after end of fall semester...Brings size and strength to Hawks' post game.
44 Jareem Dowling F 6'6 235 Jr. 2.4 1.6
Career-high 7 pts in 21 min at S. Car St...Made first three-pointer at S. Car. St. (now 1-14 on 3's this season)...Transfer from Cecil C.C. averaged almost 11 points and 6 rebounds in 20 min/gm in '02-'03.
UMES Hawks (1-9, 1-3)
Date Game Result
11/2 Tm. Champ. (ex) W 58-54
11/14 One on One (ex) W 88-78
11/23 at Auburn L 61-85
12/11 at Illinois L 43-85
12/21 at Robert Morris L 63-70
12/27 Portland State L 61-80
12/30 Towson L 53-61
1/3 Delaware State* L 55-60
1/5 Howard* L 50-70
1/6 at Maryland L 38-87
1/10 at N.C. A&T* W 52-50
1/12 at S Carolina St* L 53-78
Date Game Time
1/14 at Elon 7:00
1/17 at Norfolk State* 4:00
1/19 at Hampton* 8:00
1/24 Coppin State* 4:00
1/26 Morgan State* 7:30
1/29 at Savannah St. 7:30
1/31 at Florida A&M* 4:00
2/2 Bethune-Cook.* 7:30
2/7 at Delaware St.* 4:00
2/9 at Howard* 8:00
2/12 Savannah State 7:30
2/14 N.C. A&T* 4:00
2/16 S. Carolina St.* 7:30
2/21 Norfolk State* 4:00
2/23 Hampton* 7:30
2/28 at Coppin State* 7:30
3/1 at Morgan State* 7:30
3/8-12 MEAC Tourn. TBA (Richmond, VA)
*denotes MEAC conference game
Thomas Trotter- Head Coach
Head Coach Thomas Trotter is in his fourth season at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. After a 5-23 season in 2002-03 and a 1-9 start this season, Trotter has a 29-66 overall record (.305 pct.).
Before his stint at UMES, Trotter was the first assistant men's basketball coach at New Mexico State University from 1998-2000 under legendary coach Lou Henson, who is currently the 7th winningest Division I coach in NCAA history.
NMSU made postseason appearances in each of Trotter's two seasons as a coach, winning the Big West Championship and losing in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to 3rd seeded Kentucky in 1999, then reaching the NIT in 2000 and falling to Arizona State in the first round.
For a ten-year span (1988-97), Trotter served as the first assistant men's basketball coach at Northeastern Illinois University, the winningest Division I program in Chicago three out of Trotter's final four years as a coach. Before his time at NEIU, Trotter spent two seasons coaching at the high school level.
Coach Trotter received his Bachelor of Arts degree in labor relations in 1985 from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. In 1992 he obtained a Master of Science in educational administration, then in 1994 he obtained a Master of Science Education in education curriculum and instruction, each from Northwestern University.
Paris Parham- Assistant Coach
Third-year assistant basketball coach Paris Parham came to UMES from Minnesota State University, where he served as an assistant coach from 1995-2001. 'Coach P' also served as assistant to the athletic director and a coordinator for the Maverick Academic Center at Minnesota State.
Parham was a player at Lincoln College in Lincoln, IL, where he served as team captain in both of his playing seasons. He then went on to play at Minnesota State from 1993-1995, and was selected team captain in 1995. Parham was an all-conference selection in the North Central Conference that season. He ranks eighth all-time at Minnesota State in career assists.
Brian Kusnierz- Assistant Coach
Coach Brian Kusnierz is a third-year assistant coach with the UMES basketball program. He was previously at Concordia University in River Forest, IL, where he served two seasons as an assistant coach.
A three-year starter at Angelo State University in Texas, Kusnierz served as team captain for the 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons. An all-conference selection in 1998, he was voted as the team's Most Valuable Player. He finished his playing career ranked in the school's top three list in assists and steals.
Steve Golston- Assistant Coach
Fourth-year assistant coach Steve Golston brings a solid coaching background from multiple previous coaching and administrative positions. Golston was most recently at Kennedy King College in Chicago, IL., as an associate head coach. Before that he served as an assistant coach at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa, where he coached the team to a pair of Junior College National Championships in 1997 and 1998.
Coach Golston has also been an assistant head coach at Robert Morris College in Chicago. Golston holds a Bachelor of Arts from Buena Vista Univeristy in Ottumwa, Iowa and an Associate Degree from Malcolm X College in Physical Education. At Malcolm X Golston captained the men's basketball team and was vice- president of the Student Government Association.
MEAC 2003-04 Preseason Predicted Order of Finish
Rk School Pts
1. Florida A&M (8) 385
2. Hampton (3) 367
3. S Carolina St (4) 353
4. Delaware St. (1) 335
5. Coppin State 259
6. Norfolk State 239
7. Howard 185
8. MD East. Shore 151
9. Bethune-Cook. 115
10. Morgan State 101
11. N Carolina A&T 51
(first-place votes in parenthesis)
All-MEAC First Team
G Terrence Woods, FAMU
G Devin Green, Hampton
F Jimmy Boykin, Coppin State
F Thurman Zimmerman, SC St.
C Pape Ba, Bethune-Cookman
G Chakowby Hicks, Norfolk St.
G Tee Trotter, Md Eastern Shore
F Miles Davis, Delaware St.
F Aaron Matthews, Delaware St.
C James Wilkinson, Howard
-As selected in a preseason vote of MEAC coaches and Sports Information Directors