Dec. 1, 2004
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The UMES men's basketball team plays its home opener Wednesday night against the cross-state rival UMBC Retrievers at the Hytche Center. The Hawks and new head coach Larry Lessett will once again look for the team's first win of the season.
The Hawks lost their first two regular season contests on the road, Nov. 19th at Fresno State and Nov. 23rd at Virginia Tech. The Retrievers, members of the America East Conference, won their opening game against Navy, but have since lost two straight. Like UMES, UMBC is also under a new coaching regime, being led by new head coach Randy Monroe.
Scouting the Retrievers
The UMBC Retrievers (1-2) are playing their third consecutive non-conference road game. After defeating Navy in the season opener at home (67-61), the Retrievers have lost consecutive games at Villanova (66-41) and James Madison (82-70).
UMBC is in its second athletic season as a member of the America East Conference, after leaving the Northeast Conference (NEC). In their first basketball season in the America East, the Retrievers went 7-21 overall (4-14 conference).
Head coach Randy Monroe is in his first season as the head coach of UMBC, but was an assistant with the program for 10 seasons before taking the reigns last spring.
UMBC and UMES have not met since 1987-88, and the Retrievers hold a 2-0 all-time record against the Hawks. Senior guard Rob Gogerty leads UMBC in scoring at 12.3 ppg, while senior center Andrew Feeley averages almost a double-double (9.7 ppg, 9.3 rpg).
News and Notes
The Hawks have returned only five players from last season's team that finished 8-21 (6-12 MEAC). Gone from `03-'04 are all three coaches including head coach Thomas Trotter, leading scorer Tee Trotter, leading rebounder Javes Wiggins, leading three-point shooter Aaron Wellington and leading shot-blocker Didier Socka. All five returning players are frontcourt players: forwards Carl Pruitt, Jareem Dowling and Shondale Robinson, along with centers Tim Parham and Jason McKinnon...The Hawks are shooting only 28% from the field in two games this season (33-118 FG's), and only 20% from three-point range (8-40 3-pt FG's)... UMES has been out-rebounded 93-70 in the first two games of the regular season.
Hokie Hokie Hokie Hi
The Hawks dropped their second straight non-conference road game Tuesday, falling 102-50 to the Virginia Tech Hokies at Cassell Coliseum.
The Hokies jumped out to a 19-1 lead 7:04 into the game. Zabian Dowdell score seven points in the run, and Shawn Harris, seeing significant time because Carlos Dixon picked up two quick fouls, scored six. Tech's defense throttled the Hawks all evening, forcing 10 turnovers in that run. UMES ended up committing 35 turnovers in the game.
Deron Washington paced four Tech players in double figures. Washington scored a game-high 24 points, hitting 10-of-12 from the floor. Five of Washington's baskets came on dunks.
The Hawks were paced by Carl Pruitt who scored a career high 14 points and grabbed five boards. Tim Parham was the game's leading rebounder with eight. He added six points. Shondale Robinson pitched in a career high six points off the bench.
UMES HAWKS AT A GLANCE
Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. PPG RPG
3 Aly Samabaly G 6'3 200 Jr. 2.0 4.0
Scored 2 pts and had 1 reb in 13 min at Va Tech...Transfer from Duquesne University sat out entire 2003-04 season, now playing first season with UMES...Played high school basketball at St. Vincent/St. Mary HS in Ohio, where during junior and senior seasons he was a teammate of current NBA guard Lebron James.
5 Corey Brown G 6'0 158 Jr. 7.0 3.0
Scored 6 pts (2-5 FG's) in 25 min at Va Tech...Junior College transfer from Mott C.C. (Flint, MI), where he won a JUCO national championship in `02-'03.
33 Jareem Dowling F 6'6 235 Sr. 4.0 4.0
Went scoreless (0-6 FG's) but pulled 6 rebs in 33 min at Va Tech...One of two returning regular starters from `03-'04 (Tim Parham)...Hawks defensive leader on the court and vocal leader off the court...Transferred to UMES in 2003 from Cecil C.C. (Cecil, MD), originally from U.S. Virgin Islands.
44 Carl Pruitt F 6'7 215 Sr. 10.0 4.5
Scored career-high 14 points (5-9 FG's) in 29 min before fouling out at Va Tech...Nicknamed "Tony"...Returnee from `03-'04, but played in only 9 games...Transferred to UMES in 2003 from Kennedy King C.C. (Chicago, Il) where he was a teammate of Jason McKinnon.
42 Tim Parham C 6'9 240 Jr. 7.0 7.0
Scored 6 pts and pulled game-high 8 rebs at Va Tech...One of two returning regular starters from `03-'04 (Jareem Dowling)...Transferred to UMES in 2003 from Ellsworth C.C. (Iowa Falls, Ia)...Cousin of Santa Clara forward Tristan Parham.
Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. PPG RPG
15 Louis Brookins F 6'6 215 Fr. 1.5 3.0
Scored first career points (3) in 17 min at Va Tech...True freshman from Silver Spring, Md., was first recruit signed by Larry Lessett at UMES.
21 Shondale Robinson F 6'5 208 Jr. 5.0 2.5
Scored career-high 6 pts in 12 min off the bench at Va Tech...Already has scored 10 points this season (4 last season)...Nicknamed "Texas"...Returnee from `03-'04, when he walked onto team in late December.
23 Anthony Davis F 6'3 190 So. 2.0 2.5
Scored first career points (4, 2-4 FG's) in 17 min at Va Tech...Junior College transfer from Bunker Hill C.C. (Boston, MA), averaged 26 ppg there in `03-'04.
24 Stephen Kallman G 6'1 165 So. 0.0 0.0
Played 1 min at Fresno St., his first action in UMES uniform...Transfer from Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL).
30 Tal Cohen F 6'8 230 Fr. 4.0 2.0
Scored 2 pts and had 3 rebs in 13 min off the bench at Va Tech...True freshman from Hadera, Israel, played on the Israeli Junior National Team before joining the Israeli Army for three years.
32 Ryan Leak G 6'4 185 Fr. 1.5 0.0
Scored first career points (3) in 10 min at Va Tech...True freshman from Jamaica, NY, averaged 21 ppg for Bayside H.S. his senior season.
45 Jason McKinnon C 6'11 270 Sr. 4.0 2.0
Scored 4 pts in 7 min at Va Tech after DNP at Fresno St. (ankle)...Returnee from `03-'04, in which he started 9 of 29 games...Had double-double (11 pts, 11 rebs) at RMU 12/21/03.
UMES Hawks (0-2)
Date Game Result
11/13 Eliz City St. (Ex) L 59-74
11/19 at Fresno State L 42-83
11/23 at Virginia Tech L 50-102
12/1 UMBC 7:00 pm
12/4 Delaware State* 4:00 pm
12/6 Howard* 7:30 pm
12/11 Morehead State 7:00 pm
12/18 at Nicholls State 6:00 pm
12/21 at TCU 8:00 pm
12/22 at Baylor 8:00 pm
12/29 at Portland State 10:00 pm
1/8 at Florida A&M* 4:00 pm
1/10 at Beth-Cook.* 7:30 pm
1/14 Brown 7:00 pm
1/17 at Hampton* 8:00 pm
1/19 at Norfolk State* 8:00 pm
1/22 Coppin State* 4:00 pm
1/24 Morgan State* 7:30 pm
1/29 at N.C. A&T* 4:00 pm
1/31 S. Carolina St.* 7:30 pm
2/5 at Delaware St.* 4:00 pm
2/7 at Howard* 8:00 pm
2/12 Florida A&M* 4:00 pm
2/14 Beth-Cookman* 7:30 pm
2/19 Norfolk State* 4:00 pm
2/21 Hampton* 7:30 pm
2/26 at Coppin State* 7:30 pm
2/28 at Morgan State* 7:30 pm
3/7-12 MEAC Tourney TBA
*denotes MEAC conference game
Larry Lessett- Head Coach
Lawrence Lessett, Jr. is in his first year as head coach of the Hawks. While making his debut as a Division I head coach, he brings almost thirty years of coaching experience from the high school level through the professional ranks.
Lessett comes to Princess Anne after working for three years as a global scout for Magic Johnson International Basketball. Prior to that he served as head coach of the Magic City Snowbears of the International Basketball Association, where he coached the team to a franchise record in wins and a playoff appearance in his only season.
No stranger to the college ranks, Lessett has made several collegiate stops in his career, most recently as head basketball coach and athletic director of Hiwassee College in Madisonville, Tennessee. He has also served as an assistant coach at Mercer University, De Anza College, Georgia Southwestern College, Georgia College, Santa Barbara City College, Western New Mexico University, Loyola Marymount University and Cal State University Northridge.
Lessett received a Bachelors degree in Physical Education from Cal State Northridge in 1983 and a Masters degree in Phys Ed and Health from Georgia College in 1991.
Meredith Smith- Assistant Coach
Meredith Smith returns to his alma mater to serve as the first assistant men's basketball coach this season. He graduated from UMES, then Maryland State College, in 1975.
Smith became head coach of Southern High School in Baltimore City in 1978, a position he then held for 24 seasons. In that time he compiled a 414-145 record, giving him the second most victories in Baltimore City Public School history. Smith won 25 playoff games, including three Maryland State Championships (MPSSAA), two Maryland Scholastic Association Conference Championships and a Baltimore City Championship in 1999-2000.
In 1993 the Baltimore Sun named Smith their "Coach of the Year." Smith holds a Bachelors degree in Secondary and Physical Education from UMES and a Master's degree from Coppin State University.
Chad Alana- Assistant Coach
Chad Alana is in his first season as an assistant men's basketball coach at UMES. Alana had been working with head coach Larry Lessett at Magic Johnson International Basketball as an associate agent.
As a coach, Alana has served as head coach of the Michigan Belles girls AAU 18-and-under team, head coach of Lansing Home School's men's and women's teams and head coach of Laingsburg Christian High School. In 2003, he led Lansing Home School's girls team to the National Home School Championship.
Alana studied Business Management at Liberty University and also holds an Associate Degree in Electronics from ITT Technical Institute.
MEAC 2004-05 Final Preseason Predicted Order of Finish
Rk School Points
1. S Car. St. (14) 422
2. Hampton (3) 354
3. Coppin State 320
4. Fla. A&M (2) 306
5. Delaware St. (1) 302
6. Norfolk State 256
7. Morgan State (2) 216
9. Howard 150
10. Md. East. Shore 100
11. N Carolina A&T 84
(first-place votes in parenthesis)
Preseason MEAC First Team
G Devin Green, Hampton
G Chakowby Hicks, Norfolk St.
F Brian Mason, SC St.
F Terrance Hunter, Delaware St.
F Thurman Zimmerman, SC St.
G Louis Ford, Howard
G Jeff Granger, Hampton
G Raheem Scott, Coppin St.
F Nicholas King, Coppin St.
F Aaron Andrews, Morgan St.
Preseason Player of the Year:
Thurman Zimmerman, SC St.
-Selected in a vote by MEAC coaches and Sports Information Directors