UMES bounced

Trotter finishes on high note

Senior scores 36

Hawks fall from MEAC tourney

March 11, 2004|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

RICHMOND, Va. - One of the greatest careers in UMES history ended on an individual high note and a team low note last night.

Tee Trotter scored 36 points to finish with 1,923, second in UMES history, but received almost no offensive help and top-seeded South Carolina State trounced the Hawks, 84-56, in the quarterfinals of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament.

The game was typical of so many others during the senior's four years at the Princess Anne school when he had to shoulder a heavy load.

South Carolina State (18-10) simply had too much strength inside and balance for Trotter to beat single-handedly.

"I've always wanted to play with my father [coach Thomas Trotter]," said Tee. "If I had gone to a big school, I probably would have had to fight for everything. I have no regrets."

Trotter scored 33 points in a 15-minute period that stretched from the first half into the opening minutes of the second. At that point, the Hawks trailed 45-42.

Then, the Bulldogs, paced by MEAC Player of the Year Thurman Zimmerman (19 points, seven rebounds) and sharpshooter Shaun Wiggins (team-high 22 points), strung together runs of 11-0, 17-2 and 23-4 to pull away convincingly from the outmanned Hawks.

Near the end of the surge, Thomas Trotter was ejected by the officials after vociferously challenging them for not calling a foul on a Tee drive.

He had to be restrained by assistant Paris Parham, who then took over the team for the final minutes.

"All the frustration of the whole season came out," said the coach. "When you want a call to go your way and it doesn't, it's just frustrating. I probably shouldn't have done it and that [banishment] was warranted."

UMES (8-21) received no offense from anywhere else. Usually reliable No. 2 scorer Aaron Wellington went 1-for-9 from the field.

"We had Tee and nobody else stepped up like they did the other night," said Thomas Trotter. "It just wasn't our game."

The Hawks edged Bethune-Cookman in the play-in round, 51-50, with its inside players coming alive in the second half when Trotter and Wellington produced a combined two points.

UMES - Trotter 12-26 9-11 36, Wiggins 1-3 0-2 2, Joiner 1-3 0-0 2, Wellington 1-9 0-0 3, Parham 1-1 0-0 2, Scott 0-0 0-0 0, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Wesley 0-1 2-2 2, Akanbi 2-2 0-0 4, Wilson 1-2 0-0 2, Socka 1-1 1-2 3, Dowling 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-48 12-17 56.

SOUTH CAROLINA STATE - Heath 2-9 4-6 8, Mason 5-9 2-3 12, Evans 0-0 2-2 2, Wiggins 7-12 3-4 22, Zimmerman 5-10 9-13 19, Cannon 1-1 0-0 2, Seels 0-1 0-0 0, Sago 0-0 0-0 0, Lawson 0-0 3-4 3, Hoover 1-1 0-0 3, Kirkland 1-2 2-4 4, Trapp 3-5 2-2 9. Totals 25-50 27-38 84.

Half: S. Carolina St., 35-27. 3-Point goals-UMES 4-14 (Trotter 3-5, Wellington 1-7, Joiner 0-2), S. Carolina St. 7-20 (Wiggins 5-9, Hoover 1-1, Trapp 1-3, Mason 0-1, Heath 0-2, Zimmerman 0-4). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-UMES 24 (Wiggins 7), S. Carolina St. 35 (Zimmerman 7). Assists-UMES 3 (Trotter 2), S. Carolina St. 17 (Zimmerman 4). Total fouls-UMES 21, S. Carolina St. 18. Technicals-UMES 2. A-NA.

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