FORD ON BOWERS: "Artie's in a situation where we are going to look for him to play some point guard position. He's done it in the past but not extensively. Art is one of the most physical basketball players we have, he's very good at using his body to score. Art makes good decisions on the basketball court most of the time. I think he is really looking forward to having a big year and has really dedicated himself to getting better."
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2004-05: Started first 11 games at the two-guard, came off bench for 10 games (Jan. 8-Feb. 12) before starting six of last seven games of the season ... Scored 8.4 points per game, fourth on the team ... Was in double-figures 10 times during the year ... Averaged 11.1 points per game in final seven games of season, starting six of those games (except Senior Day) ... Netted 13 points along with five rebounds and five assists vs. LaSalle (3/9) in A-10 First Round ... Hit a three-pointer with 47 seconds left in regulation to give UMass its first lead in the game at 59-57 ... Tied career-high with 43 minutes played vs. LaSalle ... Came off bench on Senior Day, scored 11 points, had four rebounds, four assists and four steals in win over Duquesne (3/5) ... Was in double-figures in first three starts once he returned to line-up vs. Florida State on Feb. 15. Averaged 13.3 in those three games ... Had nine-point effort at Temple (2/26) ... Had best game in two months, vs. Rhode Island (2/23) with 18 points, made all four free throws in OT in helping UMass to win ... Tallied double-figures for second game in a row with 10 points at LaSalle (2/19) in season-high 42 minutes ... Against Florida State (2/15), returned to starting line-up and scored 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting and handed out a season-high seven assists. First time in 13 games that he has scored in double figures ... Scored nine points -- most in 11 games -- vs. St. Bonaventure (2/5), making 4-of-5 shots ... After slumping, scored eight points off the bench hitting 2-of-3 three-point field goals against Saint Joseph?s (1/22) ... Scored 16.3 points per game over four games from Dec. 12-28, after 7.4 ppg over first five games of the season ... Hit game-winning three-point play with 19 seconds left vs. Boston Univ. (12/28), finished with 15 points for fourth-straight game in double-figures. Came up with career-high four steals and five assists ... Made 12 of last 24 three-pointers from Dec. 12-Dec. 23, after starting the year 1-for 23 ... Named UMass/Dinn Brothers Athlete of the Week (12/28) after Rider game ... Netted career-high 21 points on career-best five three-point field goals and career-tying best seven total field goals vs. Rider (12/23) ... Scored 13 points on 3-for-5 three-point shooting, also hauled down five rebounds vs. Davidson (12/19) ... Broke out of season long shooting slump, making 4-of-10 three-point field goals at Miami (12/12), scored game-high 16 points, four treys equaled career best and 10 attempts set a new high ... Had started year 1-of-23 for three-pointers before hitting 7-of-13 treys at Miami and vs. Davidson ... Had six assists including the one leading to the game-winning basket by Rashaun Freeman in the win over UConn (12/9) ... Scored six points vs. Gonzaga (12/4), handing out a team-high four assists ... Netted six points and had season-high seven rebounds vs. Northeastern (12/1) ... Second on team in scoring 15 in season opener vs. Birmingham-Southern (11/23), has three assists.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2003-04: One of UMass' top players at the shooting guard and small forward spots ... Selected to the Atlantic 10 Conference All-Rookie Team ... Also received the team's Mark Donoghue Most Productive Player Award ... Played in 27 games on the season, starting 23 times ... Averaged 9.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game ... Hit on 35 of 97 (36.1 percent) of his three-point field goal attempts ... Ranked 11th in the Atlantic 10 Conference in assists and assist-to-turnover ratio ... Scored 18 points against Duquesne in the Atlantic 10 Tournament ... Had 12 points and four assists at Richmond, while hitting four of five three-point field goal attempts ... Totaled 18 points, eight assists and five rebounds at Temple, while hitting on four of nine three-point attempts, including a key three-pointer late in regulation to force overtime ... Recorded 13 points, nine assists and six rebounds in the victory over St. Bonaventure ... Had eight points and three rebounds at Fordham ... Scored a team-high 10 points and pulled down six rebounds at Xavier ... Totaled a team-high 18 points, four assists and two rebounds in the win at Rhode Island ... Recorded 18 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in the home victory over Fordham ... Named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week and Dinn Brothers UMass Athlete of the Week following the Rhode Island and Fordham games ... Scored a career-high 19 points on seven of 11 shooting against Temple, including the game-winning three-point shot with 32 seconds remaining ... Also had seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks against Temple ... Totaled 10 points, four rebounds and a team-high four assists at St. Joseph's ... Recorded nine points and a career-best eight rebounds at Duquesne ... Scored eight points and handed out four assists at St. Bonaventure ... Had 11 points, two rebounds and an assist against George Washington, while hitting three of five three-point attempts ... Totaled nine points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists against La Salle ... Handed out four assists without a turnover at Connecticut ... Recorded 13 points, two rebounds, two assists and three steals in the win over Albany ... Missed the Central Connecticut and Marshall games due to injury ... Scored 16 points and pulled down a team-best seven rebounds against Vermont ... Had six points, four rebounds and four assists against Hartford ... Totaled six points and three assists at Texas Tech ... Scored 14 points and handed out three assists against St. Francis (N.Y.), in the first game of his collegiate career ... Named to the preseason Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team ... Selected as the preseason Atlantic 10 Newcomer of the Year by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.
BEFORE UMASS: Averaged 18 points and six rebounds for coach Danny Hurley at St. Benedict's (N.J.) Prep School as a senior... Led the Gray Bees to a 24-3 record and the top ranking in the final New Jersey Hoops prep/independent school rankings as a senior ... Ranked among the nation's top 50 seniors by both ESPN.com (No. 32) and PrepStars (No. 44) ... Second team All-State selection in 2003 by New Jersey Hoops ... Was named to the All-Tournament teams at both the Florida Shootout and the Slam Dunk to the Beach (Delaware) ... Averaged 16 points per game as a junior en route to first team All-State honors, after leading St. Benedict's to a 22-7 record and a state championship ... Outscored LeBron James (18 points) with a game-high 21 points in a 67-60 loss to St. Vincent-St. Mary's in 2002 ... A two-time Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions Most Valuable Player ... Member of the 2002 USA Developmental Festival East Squad that finished 3-2 and earned the silver medal ... Was third on that team in scoring with 14.4 points per game while adding 4.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists per contest.
PERSONAL: Full name is Arthur Bowers ... Born July 28, 1984, in Wilmington, Del. ... Son of Arthur and Kelley Bowers ... Brother of Andrea (18), Amanda (13) and Anthony (11) ... Majoring in Communication...Shoe size 13.
2004-05 Game-By-Game Statistics