Senior Javes Wiggins and the Hawk men's basketball team takes on Howard at 8:00 p.m. Monday night
Senior Javes Wiggins and the Hawk men's basketball team takes on Howard at 8:00 p.m. Monday night

Feb. 9, 2004

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The Men's Game
The UMES men's basketball team concludes a short two-game road trip with a MEAC contest against the Howard University Bison Monday night. The Hawks (4-15, 3-8 MEAC) are coming off a thrilling 69-66 overtime victory against Delaware State Saturday.

The Bison come in with a 3-7 conference record, but won their last contest a week ago at North Carolina A&T 61-60, as freshman Derek Mitchell drilled a game-winning three-pointer with 1.2 seconds left. Howard beat UMES at the Hytche Center 70-50 on January 5th.

Scouting the Bison
The Howard University Bison come into Monday's contest against the Hawks at 5-14 overall and 3-7 in conference play. The team is coming off a dramatic 61-60 victory at N.C A&T a week ago Monday, won on a three-pointer by freshman Derek Mitchell with 1.2 seconds left. It was only his 7th career three-ball made.

The Bison, coached by second-year head-man Frankie Allen, beat the Hawks 70-50 January 5th at the Hytche Center. Reserve forward Bilal Russell scored a career-high 28 points (4-5 3's) to lead the way to the easy victory.

Howard is led in scoring and rebounding by junior James "Mac" Wilkinson, who averages 13.5 ppg and 5.9 rpg. Sophomore guard Louis Ford, leads the Bison with 89 assists and 55 steals. No Hawks player has more than 36 assists or 23 steals.

News and Notes
Tee Trotter was named MEAC Player of the Week for his efforts in four games a week ago, in which he averaged 27 ppg (including 18 of 37 3's). The Hawks went 2-2 in those contests. Trotter is now averaging 17.4 ppg this season (3rd in MEAC)....After going eight straight games without scoring more than 55 points in a contest, UMES has now scored over 62 points in six of its seven games since. The Hawks are averaging 67 ppg during that stretch, after averaging 52 ppg on the season up to that point...This season UMES has bettered its start to that of '02-'03 after 19 games (4-15, 3-16)...The Hawks have struggled from the field so far this season, coming into play Saturday shooting only 37% as a team in '03-'04...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.

Working Overtime (Again)
For the second game in a row UMES went into an extra session, but this time the outcome went in the Hawks' favor. UMES outscored Delaware State 11-8 in an extra frame Saturday to snap a five-game losing streak against the Hornets, winning 69-66.

Tee Trotter scored a game-high 20 points and Aaron Wellington added 16 to lead the Hawks (4-15, 3-8 MEAC), who had lost five straight overtime games dating back to last season. Delaware State (8-11, 7-4) lost for the third time in four games to fall out of a tie for second place in the conference. Carlos Hawkins came of the bench to lead Del St. with 18 points.

UMES led by as many as six points late in the second half, and were ahead 58-56 when Delaware State tied the score on a follow-up basket by Williams with 23 seconds remaining. The Hornets had two good chances to win the game in the closing seconds, but Didier Socka blocked a fast-break lay up attempt by Terrence Hunter, then Hawkins missed a running bank shot with time winding down.

In the overtime, the score was 60-60 when Socka set up Trotter for a basket and foul with 37 seconds left to give the Hawks a 63-60 lead. UMES hit six-of-six free throws in the last 30 seconds to keep the lead at three, then Delaware State forced a Hornets turnover with time winding down to secure the win.

Probable Starters
Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. PPG RPG
1 Tee Trotter G 5'11 180 Sr. 17.4 2.1
20 points (5-17 FG) in all 45 min at Del. St....Only Hawk to start every game...Scored season-high 36 pts (12-21 FGs, 7-12 3's) at FAMU 1/31 (most pts scored in game by a Hawks player this season)....Second in MEAC in scoring last season (20.5 ppg)...MEAC second-team preseason selection, and candidate for Francis Pomery Naismith Award (for the nation's best player under 6'0).
32 Aaron Wellington G 5'11 160 So. 11.6 3.1
16 pts (6-13 FGs) at Del. St...Scored season-high 23 pts (6-11 FGs), 18 coming in the second half at Sav. St 1/29...Team's second-leading scorer this season...Hawks' second-leading scorer in '02-'03...Pure shooter with knack for scoring.
44 Jareem Dowling F 6'6 235 Jr. 4.4 2.6
9 pts and 3 rebs in 34 min at Del. St...Tied career-high with 12 pts (5-9 FGs) in 35 min vs. Morgan St. 1/27...Shooting 28-91 FGs (31%) this season (8-39 3's)...Transfer from Cecil C.C. averaged 11 points and 6 rebounds in '02-'03.
4 Javes Wiggins F 6'7 220 Sr. 5.1 5.8
Season-high 14 pts, also 11 rebs at Del. St...Leads team in rebounding...Was team's leading rebounder in '02-'03, also third-leading returning scorer.
42 Tim Parham C 6'9 240 Jr. 5.4 3.2
0 pts (0-5 FGs) and 3 rebs the last two games combined...Scored 20 pts (8-10 FGs) vs. PSU 12/27 (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.

Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. PPG RPG
3 DeWitt Scott G 6'6 200 Fr. 3.7 2.1
Played 5 min at Del. St after a DNP in the previous 4 games...Set new career highs with 9 pts and 11 rebs at Norfolk St. 1/17...True freshman from Chicago.
5 Lawrence Smith G 5'10 150 Jr. 0.5 0.5
0 pts, 0 asst in 19 min at Del. St...4 pts and 3 assts in 20 min vs. Morgan St 1/27 (were first pts in his last nine games)...Defensive specialist with quick hands.
10 Marcus Gutierrez G 6'4 185 So. 1.3 1.3
DNP (coach's decision) last six games....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. 0.6 0.1
Has seen limited action off the bench in nine of the team's 19 games...All 5 pts this season from foul line...Hard-nosed player with athletic ability.
14 Jermaul Akanbi G 6'2 165 So. 0.8 0.3
Has played in 4 games this season...Scored first FG of the season vs. Coppin State 1/24 (2 pts, 1 asst)...still growing into his ability as a D-I player.
21 Antoine Joiner F 6'5 180 Jr. 3.6 2.6
3 pts and 0 rebs in 7 min at Del. St...Hit GW FTs w/ 9 sec. left at Sav. St. 1/29...Season-high 13 pts v. Del St 1/3...Shooting 19-61 FGs (31%) this season.
23 Carl Pruitt (Tony) F 6'6 215 Jr. 2.6 1.6
Has not scored since MD game (15 total min played), fighting ankle injury...Scored career-high 10 pts (4-10 FGs) at UMD, and 29 pts in exhib. game 11/14.
25 Brandon Wilson G 6'4 190 R-Fr. 1.2 0.8
DNP at Del. St...Scored 2 points at Sav St 1/29 (only pts since 1/6 at MD)...Scored career-high 6 points at Ill...Red-shirt freshman from Long Island, NY.
33 Didier Socka F 6'7 225 Sr. 3.4 2.9
7 pts, season-high 9 rebs at Del. St...Career-high 17 pts (8-10 FGs) in 19 min vs. BCC 2/2...Started first two games of season, came off bench in every game since....Returning leader in FG % (47%) and blocked shots (15) from '02-'03.
35 Shondale Robinson F 6'5 200 So. 0.0 0.8
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.
55 Jason McKinnon C 6'11 270 Jr. 2.6 3.1
0 pts combined in the last 11 games in only 44 min (4 starts, 5 DNP)...Has started 9 of 19 games...Had only double-double (11 pts, 11 rebs) at RMU...Was one of conference's top big men at Kennedy King J.C. in '02-'03.

UMES Hawks (4-15, 3-8)
Previous games:
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
1/14 at Elon L 51-54
1/17 at Norfolk State* L 54-67
1/19 at Hampton* L 62-75
1/24 Coppin State* L 42-68
1/27 Morgan State* W 85-72
1/29 at Savannah St. W 62-61
1/31 at Florida A&M* L 74-79
2/2 Bethune-Cook.* L 70-71 (2OT)
2/7 at Delaware St.* W 69-66 (OT)

Upcoming schedule:
Date Game Time
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 4-15 start this season, Trotter has a 32-72 overall record (.308 win 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.

Assistant Coaches

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.

The Women's Game
The UMES Lady Hawks play their 7th game in 14 days Monday as they travel to Washington, DC to play the Howard Lady Bison. The game tips off at 6:00 from Burr Gymnasium.

The Lady Hawks, winners of three out of six during this busy stretch, are coming off a 64-58 loss to MEAC-leading Delaware State Saturday. The Lady Bison come in at 6-13 overall and 6-4 in the conference, including a win at N.C A&T in their last game a week ago Monday that snapped a three-game losing streak. The team opened conference play with a 79-74 victory against the Lady Hawks January 5th at the Hytche Center.

News and Notes
In spite of the Lady Hawks' poor conference record, all nine of the team's MEAC losses have come by 9 points or fewer. The team has led in the second half in 8 of those 9 losses...After a slow start to the season, UMES guard Laconia Hatcher has caught fire. Hatcher was named MEAC Player of the Week a week ago, after averaging 15.2 points per game, 6.2 rebounds, and 3.2 assists in four games. The junior college-transfer, who failed to score double-figures in any of the first five games, has scored in double-figures in 12 of the team's 14 games since, and is now the second-leading scorer at 12.1 ppg....Tiffany Winkfield has now recorded a double-double in 12 of the Lady Hawks' 19 games this season. The senior is leading the team with both 14.1 ppg and 11.0 rpg....The Lady Hawks have been a second-half team in '03-'04. Despite the team's losing record, UMES has out-scored its opponents 663-658 in the second half this season.

Hornets Sting Again
Mandy Clark had 18 points, and Najmah Fauntleroy added 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Delaware State Lady Hornets to their sixth straight win, beating UMES 64-58 in a tight game Saturday.

Delaware State (15-4, 10-1 MEAC) won their school-record 18th straight home game, and beat the Lady Hawks in a close game for the second time this season. UMES (6-13, 2-9 MEAC) was led by the electrifying performance of freshman LaToya Green, who came off the bench to lead Maryland-Eastern Shore with 20 points.

The Lady Hornets led 30-23 at the half, then opened up a 36-27 lead on a jumper by Clark with 18:38 left to play. UMES responded by scoring the next nine points, and tied the game at 36 on a lay up by Green with 16:23 remaining. There were seven ties total in the second half, the last coming at 50-50 when Delaware State pulled away for good. Fauntleroy hit a jumper with 5:16 left to complete a decisive 8-0 run and give the Lady Hornets a 58-50 lead.

Delaware State led 59-57 when Clark and Terrelle Waller hit back-to-back buckets to stretch the Hornets' lead to 63-57 with 38 seconds remaining.

UMES Hawks (6-13, 2-9)
Previous games:
Date Game Result
11/15 NWBL Elite (ex) W 102-97
11/21 at Memphis L 63-89
11/23 at Ark-Pine Bluff W 77-60
11/28 vs. Louis.-Laf.# W 60-57
11/29 at Maryland# L 65-97
12/3 at St. Francis L 48-56
12/20 at Towson L 67-92
1/3 Delaware State* L 50-52
1/5 Howard* L 74-79
1/10 at N.C. A&T* L 61-68
1/12 at S. Carolina St* L 68-75
1/17 at Norfolk State* W 72-63
1/19 at Hampton* L 59-60
1/24 Coppin State* L 55-63
1/27 Morgan State* W 95-57
1/29 at Savannah St. W 65-57
1/31 at Florida A&M* L 60-63
2/2 Bethune-Cook.* L 61-70
2/4 American W 80-73
2/7 at Delaware St.* L 58-64

Upcoming schedule:
Date Game Time
2/9 at Howard* 6:00
2/12 Savannah State 5:30
2/14 N.C. A&T* 2:00
2/16 S. Carolina St.* 5:30
2/21 Norfolk State* 2:00
2/23 Hampton* 5:30
2/28 at Coppin State* 5:30
3/1 at Morgan State* 5:30
3/8-12 MEAC Tourn. TBA (Richmond, VA)
*Denotes MEAC conference game
# at Terrapin Classic, UMCP

Surina Dixon- Head Coach
Surina Dixon is in her fourth season as head coach for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's Lady Hawks basketball team. Her teams have compiled a 35-70 overall record (.335 win pct.) to date, after starting 6-13 and having earned 12 victories in each of the past two seasons (after only five in 2000-01). Prior to her arrival at UMES, Coach Dixon served as head assistant coach at Arkansas State University, where she helped guide the Lady Indians to their first ever Top 25 national ranking. Coach Dixon was also an assistant at Texas Southern University. Before collegiate athletics, Coach Dixon coached for ten seasons in Memphis, Tennessee at Germantown Middle School. There Dixon won eight district and six county championships, had five undefeated seasons, and compiled an overall record of 165-29. While transitioning to the college ranks, Dixon had an opportunity to both play and coach two seasons of professional basketball with the WBA's Memphis Blues. She has also worked as a coach and instructor at various camps, including the 2000 WNBA Houston Comets' training camp. At Rosedale High School in Rosedale, Miss., Dixon captained both the basketball and track teams. She then played at Mississippi Valley State University, where she graduated in 1983. Dixon later obtained her Master's degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Mississippi.

Assistant Coach

Destiney Avent- Assistant Coach
Destiney Avent is in her first season as an assistant coach at UMES. She has returned to her alma mater ('02) after spending one season as the head women's basketball coach at Montgomery Community College.

Avent played for two seasons at UMES. In 2002, she was named the UMES female student-athlete of the year, as well as team MVP. Before that, Avent played two seasons at Tallahassee Community College.

MEAC 2003-04 Preseason Predicted Order of Finish
Rk School Pts
1. Hampton (13) 413
2. Delaware St. (5) 385
3. Florida A&M 339
4. Bethune-Cook. 283
5. Howard (1) 261
6. MD East. Shore 203
7. S. Carolina St. 188
8. Coppin State 177
9. Norfolk State 143
10. N. Carolina A&T 119
11. Morgan State 33
(first-place votes in parenthesis)

All-MEAC First Team
G Yolanda Dixon, FAMU
G Mandy Clark, Delaware St.
F Lynetta Sullivan, Hampton
F LaKesha Wills, Coppin St.
C Kim Watson, FAMU

Second Team
G Terrell Waller, Delaware St.
G Katie Clark, Bethune-Cook.
F Tiffany Winkfield, UMES
F Lauren Forsthoff, Bethune-Cook
C Nicole Brathwaite, Hampton

-As selected in a preseason vote of MEAC coaches and Sports Information Directors