Jan. 17, 2005

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The Men's Game
The UMES men's basketball team returns to MEAC play with the first of four conference games in eight days, a tilt with the Hampton Pirates Monday at the Convocation Center. The Hawks (1-12), playing the seventh of their last eight games on the road, come in on a ten-game losing skid following an 87-38 loss at home against Brown Friday.

The Pirates (5-9), perennial MEAC contenders, have won two straight conference games following a 1-2 start in MEAC play. Hampton beat UMES twice last season, 75-62 Jan. 19th at home, then 79-71 Feb. 23rd in Princess Anne.

Scouting the Pirates
The Hampton Pirates (5-9, 3-2 MEAC), come into Monday's contest on a two-game conference winning streak, following road wins at N.C. A&T and S.C. St. (in OT) last week. The team is playing its first home game since Dec. 6th, after concluding a stretch of eight straight games away from the Convocation Center.

The Pirates, led by third-year head coach Bobby Collins, finished 11-7 in the conference last season and lost in the quarterfinals to eventual-champion FAMU on a Terrance Woods buzzer-beating three-point shot.

This year's team was picked to finish second in the preseason conference poll, but started 1-2 in MEAC play after losses to Bethune-Cookman and and Norfolk State.

Senior Devin Green, a preseason MEAC first-team selection, leads the Pirates in scoring (12.8 ppg) and is second in rebounding (6.0 rpg). Big man Bruce Brown is second in scoring (12.6 ppg) and first in rebounding (6.4 rpg). Junior Jeff Granger, a second-team preseason selection, averages 9.4 ppg.

News and Notes
This is the third straight season the Hawks have started 1-12. In 2002-'03, the team finished 5-23, and last season 8-21...UMES is allowing 83 ppg to its opponents this season, and has twice given up at least 100 points...After concluding an 0-6 road trip last week, the Hawks are 0-8 away from the Hytche Center this season (and 1-4 at home)...The Hawks have struggled to score so far this season, averaging 56 points through 13 games. The team is shooting 38% from the field thus far, and 26% from three-point range...The Hawks won their first game of the season in their third attempt (12/1 vs. UMBC). Last season, it took the Hawks nine games to record a victory (started 0-8)...The Hawks 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 and leading three-point shooter Aaron Wellington.

Bear of a Game
Playing in their first home game in over a month, the Hawks dropped their last non-conference match up of the year, falling to Brown, 87-38 at the Hytche Center. UMES (1-12) never had the lead in a game they shot only 21% from the field.

Brown led by as many as 24 points in the first half, and used an early 17-2 spurt to go ahead 26-7 12 minutes into the contest. Jason Forte scored 14 to lead all scorers in the half, leading the Bears to a 47-25 halftime advantage.

After the intermission, Brown ran away with the lead, starting the period on a 13-3 run. Corey Brown hit a bank shot for UMES to bring the Hawks within 29 with 9:34 remaining, but that was the last time they would score a point. The Bears ended the game on a 20-0 run, and won by their largest margin at 49 points.

Forte, who moved to sixth on Brown's all time scoring list, scored a game-high 25 points in the victory. Brown scored 11 to lead UMES.

Probable Starters
Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. PPG RPG
3 Aly Samabaly G 6'3 200 Jr. 1.6 3.0
Scored 3 pts (1-9 FG's, 1-8 3's) and had 6 rebs in 27 min vs. Brown...Shooting only 7-41 FG's this season (17%), and 3-26 3's (12%)...Transfer from Duquesne, sat out entire `03-04 season...Played at St. Vincent/St. Mary HS in Ohio, where during junior and senior seasons he was a teammate of current NBA guard Lebron James.
32 Ryan Leak G 6'4 185 Fr. 5.3 1.2
Scored 1 pt (0-7 FG's) vs. Brown...Shooting 1-14 FG's combined past two games...Has started 6 of past 9 games...Career-high 15 pts (14 in 2nd half) at Baylor 12/22...True freshman from Jamaica, NY, averaged 21 ppg for Bayside H.S. his senior season.
33 Jareem Dowling F 6'6 235 Sr. 8.1 5.2
Scored 7 pts (2-9 FG's) vs. Brown...Career-high 22 pts at Baylor 12/22...Committed 26 combined turnovers the past 6 games...Shooting 32% in FG's this season (10-47 3's)...One of two returning starters from `03-'04 (Tim Parham)...2003 transfer from Cecil C.C. (Cecil, MD).
42 Tim Parham F 6'9 240 Jr. 9.4 5.6
Scored 6 pts vs. Brown after career-high 21 points and third consecutive double-double with 10 rebs at B-CC 1/10...Averaging 14.2 ppg and 7.2 rpg the past 5 games...One of two returning starters from `03-'04 (Jareem Dowling)...2003 transfer from Ellsworth C.C. (Iowa Falls, Ia).
45 Jason McKinnon C 6'11 270 Sr. 8.3 5.6
Had 4 pts and 4 rebs in 13 min vs. Brown...Had career-highs 13 pts and 11 rebs vs. UMBC 12/1 (2nd career double-double, other 12/21/03 at Rob. Morris)...Returnee from `03-'04, in which he started 9 of 29 games.

Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. PPG RPG
5 Corey Brown G 6'0 158 Jr. 9.8 2.2
Had 11 pts off the bench vs. Brown...Leading active Hawks in scoring...Committed 31 combined turnovers the past 6 games...Career-high 17 pts (5-6 3's) at TCU 12/21...Junior College transfer from Mott C.C. (Flint, MI), where he won a JUCO national championship in `02-'03.
15 Louis Brookins F 6'6 215 Fr. 2.4 0.9
2 total pts past 5 games...Career-high 9 pts at Nich. St 12/18...Freshman from Silver Spring, Md., was the first recruit signed by Larry Lessett.
21 Shondale Robinson F 6'5 208 Jr. 2.0 1.3
Already has scored 26 points this season (4 all last season)...Career-high 6 pts off the bench at Va Tech 11/23...Nicknamed "Texas"...Returnee from `03-'04, when he walked onto team in late December.
23 Anthony Davis F 6'3 190 So. 2.2 1.7
Scored 7 pts combined the past 7 games...Career-high 9 pts vs. UMBC 12/1...2004 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 0.4
Played in 5 games this season, total 10 min, 0 pts, 2 rebs...Transfer from Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL), did not play there.
30 Tal Cohen F 6'8 230 Fr. 2.0 1.2
Totaled 10 pts and 7 rebs the past 9 games in limited action...Freshman from Hadera, Israel, played on the Israeli Junior National Team while in the Israeli Army for three years.
44 x-Carl Pruitt F 6'7 215 Sr. 10.7 4.6
Academically ineligible to compete...Played 7 games this season, in which he was the Hawks leading average scorer...Career-high 20 pts vs. Howard 12/6...Returnee from `03-'04, played in only 9 games.

UMES Hawks (1-12, 0-4 MEAC)
2004-05 Schedule:
Previous Games
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 W 69-62
12/4 Delaware State* L 55-65
12/6 Howard* L 68-88
12/11 Morehead State L 45-62
12/18 at Nicholls State L 66-100
12/21 at TCU L 53-93
12/22 at Baylor L 73-97
12/29 at Portland State L 44-89
1/8 at Florida A&M* L 68-93
1/10 at Beth-Cook.* L 58-61
1/14 Brown L 38-87

Upcoming Games
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.

Assistant Coaches

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.

Carl Thomas- Assistant Coach
Carl Thomas, a first-year men's assistant coach, joined the UMES program during the first week of January. Thomas comes to the Hawks less than a year removed from playing in the professional ranks.

While Thomas is holding his first coaching position, he has been in collegiate and professional basketball for almost two decades as a player. A former standout at Eastern Michigan University (1987-'91), Thomas spent much of his professional career in the Continental Basketball Association. He holds the career CBA record for the most times called up to the NBA (5).

Thomas played 68 games over three season in the NBA, including stints with the Sacramento Kings (1992), Cleveland Cavaliers (`97 + `98), Golden State Warriors (`98) and Orlando Magic (`98). He averaged 2.9 ppg.

The Women's Game
The UMES Lady Hawks look for their third straight MEAC road win as they continue a six-game road stretch Monday with a battle against the two-time defending MEAC-champion Hampton Lady Pirates at the Convocation Center. The Lady Hawks, beginning a stretch of four MEAC games in eight days, come in at 4-8 (3-1 MEAC) after road conference victories at FAMU and Bethune-Cookman last weekend.

The Lady Pirates are led by first-year head coach Walter Mebane, who took over for Patricia Cage-Bibbs last summer after she captured her second-straight MEAC tournament title. Hampton enters play in first place in the conference at 5-0, following wins at N.C. A&T and S.C. St. last week. The team is 0-8 in non-conference games. Last season the Lady Pirates beat UMES twice, including a thrilling 60-59 home win on a game-winning jumper by Brendy Ellis in the final seconds.

News and Notes
Freshman Kristi Veltkamp has scored in double-figures in each of her past four games (10, 10, 16, 18, 13.5 ppg) after failing to score more than nine points in any of her first eight games (while battling an ankle injury)...PG Erica Bennett was suspended by the MEAC for the team's game at B-CC after being ejected for fighting at FAMU 1/8...Walk-on Toni Kennedy is leading the Lady Hawks in scoring (11.2 ppg) and in three-pointers made (27-70 3's)...Octavia Thompson, the Lady Hawks leading returning scorer from last season, left the team due to personal reasons after the December 6th game. The senior was averaging 8.3 ppg in four games played this season...UMES has taken an early lead in 6 of its 8 losses (13-3 vs. Laf., 11-4 vs. Tow., 16-8 vs. LIU, 17-7 vs. Mia., 18-7 vs. Win., 13-8 vs. Tem). UMES then trailed at halftime of 5 of those 6 games.

2 For 2 in FLA
The Lady Hawks won their second straight MEAC road game in Florida last Monday, defeating the Bethune-Cookman Lady Wildcats, 67-55 in Daytona Beach. Toni Kennedy and Kristi Veltkamp each had career scoring outputs to lead UMES.

After a sloppy start to the game, UMES (4-8, 3-1 MEAC) took the lead for good at 5:49 of the first half with an 8-0 run, sparked by a Kennedy three-pointer, giving UMES a 19-13 lead. The Lady Hawks led by four at halftime, 28-24.

The Lady Hawks started the second half on a big run, outscoring Bethune 16-2 coming out of the locker room to take the largest lead of the game at 18, 44-26 with 12:56 left. The Lady Wildcats (2-8, 1-3 MEAC) responded with a 16-3 run of their own over the next seven minutes to close within five, 49-44.

Bethune came within four points, 56-52 with 1:40 remaining, but UMES put the game away from there, finishing on an 11-3 run to win by 12 points. Kennedy led all scorers with 21 points along with six rebounds and three steals. Veltkamp bested her previous career high set at Florida A&M two days earlier, tallying 18 points, three rebounds and three steals.

UMES Lady Hawks (4-8, 3-1 MEAC)
2004-'05 Schedule:
Previous Games
Date Game Result
11/10 Wilm. Coll. (Ex) W 90-44
11/19 vs. Lafayette# L 44-60
11/20 at Eastern Michigan# L 52-80
11/23 Towson L 68-73
11/26 at LIU^ L 49-56
11/27 vs. Miami^ L 64-88
11/30 at Winthrop W 62-55
12/4 Delaware State* W 58-56
12/6 Howard* L 70-86
12/20 at Bucknell L 48-60
12/30 at Temple L 53-77
1/8 at Florida A&M* W 71-68 (OT)
1/10 at Beth-Cook.* W 67-55

Upcoming Games:

Date Game Time
1/17 at Hampton* 6:00 pm
1/19 at Norfolk St.* 6:00 pm
1/22 Coppin State* 2:00 pm
1/24 Morgan State* 5:30 pm
1/29 at N.C. A&T* 2:00 pm
1/31 vs. S. Car. St.* 5:30 pm
2/2 at American 7:00 pm
2/5 at Delaware St.* 2:00 pm
2/7 at Howard* 6:00 pm
2/12 Florida A&M* 2:00 pm
2/14 Beth-Cookman* 5:30 pm
2/19 Norfolk State* 2:00 pm
2/21 Hampton* 5:30 pm
2/26 at Coppin State* 5:30 pm
2/28 at Morgan State* 5:30 pm
3/7-12 MEAC Tourn. TBA

#=Eastern Michigan Eagle Classic
^=LIU Turkey Classic
*denotes MEAC conference game

Fred Batchelor- Head Coach
Fred Batchelor is in his first year as head coach of the Lady Hawks. He comes to Princess Anne after two seasons as head women's basketball coach at Elizabeth City State University (Elizabeth City, North Carolina), where he took his team as high as third place in the CIAA. Batchelor has a career head coaching record of 62-45 over four seasons.

Before moving to the CIAA, Batchelor spent two seasons as head women's basketball coach at Buffalo State College. There, he guided the Bengals to a regular season championship of the SUNY Athletic Conference in his final season (2001-`02.) That season he led his team to a Division III NCAA Tournament appearance and was named SUNYAC Coach of the Year. In 2000-'01, Batchelor led Buffalo State to a fourth place conference finish.

Batchelor has also served as an assistant coach for both the men's and women's basketball teams at Buffalo State, a men's assistant coach at the University of Buffalo, men's head coach and Athletic Director at Villa Maria Junior College and men's head coach at his alma mater Valley Forge Christian College.

Batchelor graduated from Valley Forge Christian College in 1988.

Assistant Coaches Revonda Whitley- Assistant Coach
Revonda Whitley, a first-year assistant at UMES, serves as the recruiting coordinator in charge of player development, budgeting, and scheduling for the Lady Hawks. Whitley comes to UMES from Elizabeth City State University, where she served in the same capacity under then-head coach Fred Batchelor.

Prior to her post at Elizabeth City, Whitley coached high school girls and AAU boys basketball in Columbia, SC. She has a Bachelors degree from Winthrop University and a Masters in Human Performance and Sport Studies from the University of Tennessee.

Chris Massey- Assistant Coach
Chris Massey, another first-year assistant at UMES, comes to Princess Anne from New York state where he made several coaching stops in the high school and collegiate ranks. Massey was most recently head women's coach at Mt. Mercy Academy, where he complied a 49-6 overall record in two seasons.

Massey worked in the college ranks at Buffalo State College under then-head coach, Fred Batchelor in 2001-`02. That season the Bengals won the SUNYAC Championship with a 25-4 record.

Destiney Avent- Assistant Coach
Destiney Avent is in her second season as an assistant coach at UMES. She 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, earning team MVP honors in 2002. Before her time in Princess Anne, Avent played two seasons at Tallahassee Community College. Avent holds a B.S. degree from UMES in Hotel and Restaurant Management.

MEAC 2004-`05 Preseason Predicted Order of Finish
Rk School Points
1. Delaware St. (13) 432
2. Hampton (6) 422
3. Coppin State (2) 352
4. Florida A&M 340
5. Howard (1) 248
6. Bethune-Cook. 234
7. MD East. Shore 190
8. Norfolk State 148
9. South Carolina State 138
10. North Carolina A&T 104
11. Morgan State 54

Preseason MEAC First Team
G Mandy Clark, Delaware St.
G Terrell Waller, Delaware St.
G Katie Clark, Bethune-Cook.
G Sharema Dean, Hampton
C Leisel Harry, Coppin St.

Second Team
F Sherrie Tucker, Coppin St.
G Kiesha Beard, Hampton
F Evena Morency, S. Car. St.
F Yomika Corbitt, Norfolk St.
C Elana Greene, FAMU

Player of the Year:
Mandy Clark, Delaware St.

-Selected in a vote by MEAC coaches and Sports Information Directors



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