|Reynolds Coliseum as seen in 1949|
Hartford Scouting Report
|Hartford beat UMass 72-66 in November|
Head Coach Larry Harrison: Hawk coach Larry Harrison, entering his fourth season at the helm of the University of Hartford men's basketball team, is looking to continue climbing the ladder of success in 2003-04. In three short years, Harrison has taken the Hawks from a 4-24 record in his inaugural campaign to the program's first winning season in five years. That winning season came last year, as the Hawks ended the regular season with four straight wins and finished with an overall record of 16-13. Hartford also set a school record for home wins by going 11-1 at the Chase Family Arena, tying for the best home record in the America East.
Early Season: Hartford rolls into Reynolds sporting a 2-2 record which includes an early season upset of UMass 54-52 and George Mason. The Hawks trailed George Mason by only four points at 46-42 with about 15 minutes left before they let the game get away, eventually losing the game 79-58.
Probable Starting 5: F – Bo Taylor, (Fr 6-4 200), 7.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, G – Ryan Stys, (Sr 6-0 160), 11.3 ppg, 4.2 apg, 5.5 rpg, G – Charles Ford, (So 5-11 185), 11.0 ppg, 2.5 apg, 3.5 rpg, F – Bernard Lowndes, (Fr 6-9 200), 7.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, G – Aaron Cook (So 6-2 170), 18.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg
Hartford's Top Gun: Sophomore Guard Aaron Cooke leads the Hawks in scoring in the early season with 18.3 points per game. He also sees the most floor time averaging over 35 minutes per contest. He is 13-32 (.406%) from beyond the arc and has snared 17 rebounds (4.3 rpg) for the season which ties him for second for his team. Aaron was named to the America East All-Rookie Team in 2002-03.
Free Throws and Foul Trouble: In Hartford's victory against the Minutemen, the Hawks went to the free throw twice as much as UMass. More over, Hartford made their free shots 83% (25-30) while UMass shot a dismal 40% (6-15). The Hawks will look to draw the fouls against the Pack, in hopes of repeating an upset for the second time in their last four games.
Welcome to Division 1: The only time Hartford played NC State was in 1984. Reynolds Coliseum and the Wolfpack welcomed Hartford to Division 1 basketball with an 83-46 whoopin'. That was also the first year that Hartford played basketball on the Division I level.
Norm Sloan 1926-2003: The mystic of Reynolds was taken to a new level by Coach Norm Sloan in the 70s. One year ago, NC State honored Coach Sloan by allowing him to sit on the bench. Coach Sloan passed this week, and the seat Stormin' Norman occupied last year will be empty at tip-off.
Key Match-Up: Hartford vs. Reynolds' Rowdies: While the game on Saturday looks to be a ho-hummer, the fact that it is this year's "Heritage Game" which is played in Reynolds Coliseum should make for added fun. The Reynolds' Rowdies should re-emerge once again to provide plenty of harassment for the visiting Hawks. Some things never change. The noise level in Reynolds for NC State basketball is one such time honored tradition.
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The first basketball game to be played in North Carolina State University's Reynolds Coliseum pitted North Carolina State College against Washington & Lee on December 2, 1949. (AP Photo/North Carolina State University)
|No||Name||Pos||Ht||Wt||Yr||City (High School)|
|2||Jerell Parker||G||6-4||210||SR||Chicago, IL (Loyola Chicago )|
|4||Aaron Cook||G||6-2||170||SO||Randallstown, MD (Lake Clifton)|
|5||Tyler Lang||F/C||6'10||210||FR||Franklin, MA (Franklin)|
|10||Charles Ford||G||5-11||185||SO||Upper Marlboro, MD (Notre Dame Prep)|
|15||Bernard Lowndes||F||6-9||200||FR||Bronx, NY (Potomac)|
|20||Ryan Stys||G||6-0||160||SR||Hooksett, N.H. (Manchester Central H.S.)|
|21||Louis Bosley||F||6-6||200||JR||New Haven, CT (Wilbur Cross)|
|22||Rich Baker||F/C||6-1||180||FR||Frederick, MD (Montrose Christian)|
|23||Trevor Goode||F||6-9||230||JR||Virginia Beach, VA (Cape Henry)|
|25||Geoffrey Richardson||G||6-2||200||FR||Hartford, CT (Northwest Catholic)|
|32||Mike Dodge||G||5-11||155||FR||Long Valley, NJ (West Morris Central)|
|33||Sean Regan||G||6-5||210||JR||Saint Charles, IL (Saint Charles East)|
|32||Robert "Bo" Taylor, Jr.||F||6-4||200||FR||Reston, VA (South Lakes)|
|55||Alex Zimnickas||F||6-8||230||FR||Toronto, Ontario (Bishop Allen Academy)|