Antoine Joiner will be one of seven men's basketball graduation seniors honored Monday night
Antoine Joiner will be one of seven men's basketball graduation seniors honored Monday night

Feb. 23, 2004

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The Men's Game
The UMES men's basketball team looks to bounce back from its first loss in five conference games, as the team concludes a five-game home stand Monday with a senior night contest against Hampton at the Hytche Center. The Hawks (7-17, 6-9 MEAC) are coming off a 63-57 loss to Norfolk State Saturday.

The Pirates come in tied for third place in the MEAC standings with four games remaining in their season. Hampton beat UMES 75-62 at home on January 19th, a game the team led by as many as 23 points in the second half.

Scouting the Pirates
The Hampton University Pirates enter Monday's contest at 10-15 overall and 8-6 in MEAC play. The team has had a full week off since its last game, an 80-58 win over Bethune-Cookman February 16th.

Hampton, coached by second-year head man Bobby Collins, is led by the scoring tandem of Devin Green and Jeff Granger. Green leads the team with 15.5 ppg (5th in conference) and 7.7 rpg (2nd in conference), while Granger is second on the team with 13.8 ppg and 3.2 rpg.

The Pirates beat UMES 75-62 back on January 19th, led by Green's 22 points and Granger's 20 points (combined 19-20 FTs). Aaron Wellington led the Hawks with 19 points, all of them coming in the final ten minutes of the game.

News and Notes
Tee Trotter has now scored 1,832 points in his career at UMES, and Saturday passed Levi Fountaine (1,816) for second-place on the school's all-time scoring list. Last week he passed Ken Simmons (1,748) to become the school's all-time Division-I scoring leader...Last Tuesday, Trotter was named MEAC Player of the Week by the conference for the third week in a row, after leading the Hawks to a 2-1 record. The senior is now averaging 18.7 ppg this season, which is second in the MEAC to FAMU's Terrence Woods (19.2). Tee is leading all conference players with 19.7 ppg in MEAC contests...It took UMES 22 games this season to better its win total from all of '02-'03 (7-17 now, 5-23 overall last season)...The Hawks have struggled from the field so far this season, coming into play Monday shooting only 38% as a team...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.

Spartan Charge
UMES lost a 12-point lead in the final ten minutes of the game, and the Norfolk State Spartans finished on a 25-7 run to upend the Hawks 63-57 at the Hytche Center Saturday. After the Spartans led 23-21 at halftime, Maryland Eastern Shore (7-17, 6-9 MEAC) outscored NSU 29-15 in the first ten minutes of the second half to take a 50-38 lead. The Hawks went cold from there out, making only three field goals in the second ten-minute stretch. Chakowby Hicks sparked the run, scoring all 13 of his points in the second half to lead the offensive charge. Norfolk State put four players in double figures, as Ryan Grier led them with 16, Hicks added 13, while Karandick Ogunride and Michael Bates each added 11. Tee Trotter, the all-time Division I scorer at UMES, had a landmark night as he moved into second place on the all-time scoring list at UMES. His 22 points in the game give him 1,832 for his career, leaving him behind only Jake Ford, the Hawk's all-time leading scorer with 2,218 points.

Probable Starters
Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. PPG RPG
1 Tee Trotter G 5'11 180 Sr. 18.7 2.2
During Hawks last ten games (6-4), averaging 24.7 ppg (247 pts) and all three weeks has been named MEAC Player of the Week...Hit GW shot with 4 sec. left to beat Howard 56-55 on 2/9...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. 11.1 3.0
Scored 12 pts (4-12 FGs, 4-7 3's) vs. Norfolk....Scored season-high 23 pts, 18 coming in the second half, at Sav. St 1/29...Team's second-leading scorer so far this season and was also in '02-'03...Pure shooter with knack for scoring.
44 Jareem Dowling F 6'6 235 Jr. 4.1 2.8
3 pts and 0 reb in 28 min vs. Norfolk...Tied career-high with 12 pts (5-9 FGs) in 35 min vs. Morgan St. 1/27...Shooting 32-113 FGs (28%) this season (10-48 3's-21%)...Transfer from Cecil C.C. averaged 11 pts and 6 rebounds in '02-'03.
4 Javes Wiggins F 6'7 220 Sr. 5.0 6.7
7 pts, 11 rebs vs. Norfolk...Career-high 15 rebs vs. NC A&T 2/14...Season-high 14 pts at Del. St. 2/7...Leads team in rebounding, currently 5th in conference...Was team's leading rebounder in '02-'03, also third-leading returning scorer.
42 Tim Parham C 6'9 240 Jr. 5.8 3.3
3 pts, 1 rebs in 24 min vs. Norfolk...Had 18 pts (6-7 FGs), 5 rebs, 4 blks in 25 min vs. NC A&T 2/14...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.

Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. PPG RPG
3 DeWitt Scott G 6'6 200 Fr. 2.9 1.7
Played combined 19 min past 6 games (0 pts) after DNP the previous 4 games...Career high 9 pts, 11 rebs at Norfolk St. 1/17...True freshman from Chicago.
5 Lawrence Smith G 5'10 150 Jr. 0.5 0.4
4 assts, 0 TO's vs. S.C. St...Season-high 4 pts at Howard 2/9 and vs. Morgan St. 1/27...Defensive specialist with quick hands, serves as backup point guard.
10 Marcus Gutierrez G 6'4 185 So. 1.3 1.3
DNP (coach's decision) last 11 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 10 straight DNP's...Has seen limited action in nine of team's 24 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 10 straight DNP's...Has played in 4 games this season...Scored only FG of the season vs. Coppin State 1/24 (2 pts, 1 asst).
21 Antoine Joiner F 6'5 180 Jr. 3.9 2.7
12 pts (3-4 3's) in 32 min vs. S.C. St. in first start in 13 games (since 1/12 at S.C. St.)...Hit GW FTs w/ 9 sec. left at Sav. St. 1/29...Season-high 13 pts v. Del St 1/3...Shooting 25-76 FGs (33%) this season, but 20-23 FTs (87%).
25 Brandon Wilson G 6'4 190 R-Fr. 1.3 0.9
Scored 2 pts in 4 min vs. S.C. St., his first points in 7 games (at Sav. St 1/29)...Scored career-high 6 points at Ill...Red-shirt freshman from Long Island, NY.
33 Didier Socka F 6'7 225 Sr. 3.8 3.1
5 pts, 6 rebs in 16 min vs. Norfolk...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
12 straight DNP's (has not played since Norfolk St. game 1/17)...Played career-high 12 min at S Car St 1/12 (0 pts, 3 rebs, 2 blk)...No pts this season (0-3 FG).
55 Jason McKinnon C 6'11 270 Jr. 2.6 3.1
0 pts combined in the last 16 games (includes 4 starts, 10 DNP)...Has started 9 of 24 games...Only double-double of season (11 pts, 11 rebs) at RMU 12/21.

UMES Hawks (7-17, 6-9)
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)
2/9 at Howard* W 56-55
2/12 Savannah State L 59-73
2/14 N.C. A&T* W 65-58 (OT)
2/16 S. Carolina St.* W 64-61
2/21 Norfolk State* L 67-63

Upcoming schedule:
Date Game Time
2/23 Hampton* 7:30
2/28 at Coppin State* 7:30
3/1 at Morgan State* 8:00
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 7-17 start this season, Trotter has a 35-74 overall record (.321 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 go for their fifth consecutive victory as they conclude a five-game home stand with a senior night MEAC contest against Hampton Monday. The game tips off at 5:30 p.m. from the Hytche Center.

The Lady Hawks are coming off an impressive 87-72 win against Norfolk St. Saturday that was their fourth straight victory, all by 15 points or more. UMES lost to the Lady Pirates 60-59 January 19th, as Brendy Ellis hit the game-winning jumper with four seconds remaining. Erica Bennett had a chance to tie or win the game for the Lady Hawks at the foul line, but missed the front end of a one and one with one second left.

News and Notes
During the Lady Hawks' current four-game winning streak, the team has been on fire offensively. The team is averaging 88 ppg (350 total) over the past four games, and has an average margin of victory of 27 points. During the streak UMES has outscored its opponents 192-110 in the second half...In spite of the Lady Hawks' sub-par conference record, nine of the team's 10 MEAC losses have come by 9 points or fewer. The team has led in the second half in 8 of those 10 losses...After a slow start to the season, UMES guard Laconia Hatcher has caught fire. Hatcher, who failed to score double-figures in any of the first five games this season, has scored in double-figures in 16 of the 19 games since, and is now the Lady Hawks' second-leading scorer at 12.7 ppg....Tiffany Winkfield recorded her 14th double-double of the season Saturday against Norfolk St. (27 pts, 20 rebs). The senior is leading UMES with both 14.5 ppg and 10.8 rpg (also leads the MEAC)....The Lady Hawks have been a second-half team in '03-'04. Despite the team's losing record, UMES has out-scored its opponents 901-812 in the second half this season.

Hawks Romp (Take Four)
The Lady Hawks won their fourth straight game in convincing fashion Saturday, this one over the Norfolk State Lady Spartans, 87-72 on Homecoming day at the Hytche Center. Tiffany Winkfield led the Lady Hawks with a monster performance, the best game of her career by the stats. The senior recorded a career-high 27 points and career-high-matching 20 rebounds, her 14th double-double of the season in 23 games played. Norfolk State led 43-40 at halftime, and after Dekeisha Thompson made a lay-up with 18:05 left in the second half, the Lady Spartans led 48-42. UMES responded emphatically, going on a 17-0 run over the next 4:45 to take command of the game. UMES ended up outscoring NSU 47-29 in the second half, the fourth straight enormous second half for the Lady Hawks. The team outscored Savannah State 45-25 in the second half 2/12, then mauled North Carolina A&T 41-21 in the second half 2/14 before clobbering South Carolina St. 59-35 2/16. Laconia Hatcher (14 points) and Octavia Thompson (20 points) helped Winkfield to defeat the Lady Spartans. Dekisha Thompson (22 points), Toia Johnson (15 points) and Xena Harris (13 points) led Norfolk State.

UMES Hawks (10-14, 5-10)
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
2/9 at Howard* L 74-88
2/12 Savannah State W 86-60
2/14 N.C. A&T* W 83-49
2/16 S. Carolina St.* W 94-61
2/21 Norfolk State* W 87-72

Upcoming schedule:
Date Game Time
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 39-71 overall record (.356 win pct.) to date, after starting 10-14 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