KELLOGG ON LOWE: "I'm excited that our backcourt is our returning starting backcourt. Chris Lowe has been fantastic with his leadership throughout the pre-season. Watching game film of him last year we're expecting an electric, speedy point guard with great leadership qualities, who you know, as he goes is kind of how our team is going to go. We have a lot of pressure on him to have an unbelievable season. I'm counting on him to be a senior leader, to put the team on his back and get the guys to play at a high, fast, exciting pace. He is going to be the guy that's going to make this team go."
AS A SENIOR IN 2008-09:
AS A JUNIOR IN 2007-08: Started 33 of 36 games (missed two early with ankle injury), averaged 11.8 points and 6.3 assists in 32.9 minutes of action. Improved scoring average from 7.0 to 11.8 this year ... Shooting improved 43.3 percent from the floor after 42 percent in '06-07 ... Led the A-10 in assists per game (6.3), which tied for 12th in NCAA...Fourth in A-10 in assist-to-TO ratio (2.16) ... Fourth on team in scoring and leading in assists with 214 overall ... Tops in steals (57)... Fourth in A-10 in steals per game (1.68) ... 485 career assists, is fourth in career assists at UMass passing BC coach Al Skinner (320) and Louisville coach Rick Pitino (329) this season ... 214 assists, is third in UMass history in single-season assists ... With 57 steals, ranks seventh in UMass history in a single-season ... Has 25 games with five or more assists in those games, UMass was 21-4 ... UMass was 2-7 when he has four or less ... Named Atlantic 10 Co-Player of Week on Feb. 24 after two games with 17.0 ppg and 11.5 assists in 2-0 week ... Over six games from Feb. 14-Mar. 5 averaged 10.0 assists per game including 10 or more in four of the six games ... Handed out 10 assists for the sixth time on the season in NIT Championship game vs. Ohio State (4/3) ... Added six points...Scored 16 points and had five assists with zero turnovers vs. Florida (4/1) in NIT Semifinal ... Fifth game on the second with double-figure assists with 11 at Syracuse (3/25) in NIT Quarterfinal comeback win ... Eight in second half ... Hit four straight free throws late in NIT Second Round win over Akron (3/22) ... Finished with 17 points and five assists...Handed out seven assists and scored seven points in NIT First Round win over Stephen F. Austin (3/18) ... Scored 10 of his 12 points in second half of A-10 Quarterfinal loss to Charlotte (3/13) ... Had just two assists ... Seven assists along with five points in win at George Washington (3/8) ... Posted sixth triple-double in UMass history vs. La Salle (3/5) with 14 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds ... Tallied 11 points for sixth time in double figure sin last seven games against St. Bonaventure (2/24) ... Also had seven assists ... 21 points and 10 assists for second double-double in a row in huge win at Rhode Island (2/21) ... Made 9-of-12 from floor ... For second game in a row, set new career-high with 13 assists vs. Saint Louis (2/17) ... Total was most since Jan. 23, 1986, when Carl Smith tied UMass record with 15 assists ... Lowe's 13 assists ranks tied for fifth-best in school history ... Scored 13 points for first-career double-double ... Set career-high with 10 assists against Fordham (2/14), added eight points and two steals ... Tied career-high with 23 points vs. Rhode Island (2/7), added six assists and three steals as he made 8-of-15 from floor ... Scored 14 points and had three assists at Saint Louis (2/2)...Made all six free throws...Mired in major foul trouble, had six points, but handed our seven assists at Duquesne (1/30)...Against #23/33 Xavier netted 12 points, making 5-of-8 from the floor...Before fouling out scored eight points and handed out five assists to move to eighth all-time in win over Charlotte (1/19)...Tallied 19 points and added six assists with zero turnovers in win at #14/18 Dayton (1/16)... Hit both 3-point attempts...Netted eight points and hadseven assists against Saint Joseph's (1/9)...Had three steals...Over three games (Dec. 29-Jan. 5) shot 61.8 from floor (21-of-34), scoring 18.0 ppg along with 4.0 apg and 4.7 rpg...Tallied 22 points, second-most of career, at #15/15 Vanderbilt (1/5)...Was one of three UMass scorers with 20 or more, first time since 1999...Made career-high nine field goals on 15 attempts (60 percent) ... ESPN No. 3 Play of the Day on SportsCenter with amazing driving lay-up in win over Houston (1/2)... Finished with 18 points, five assists and six rebounds...Tallied 14 points including four key late points in win over Boston University (12/29), also had six rebounds and four assists...Fifth game this season with double-figures with 11 points, along with seven assists in win over Toledo (12/15)...Over two games (Dec. 8-12), averaged 20.0 points...Tallied 17 points and handed out six assists in huge win at Boston College (12/12), showed speed with fastbreak lay-ups...Career-high 23 points in win over Marist (12/8) ... Also had six assists and zero turnovers as he made 8-of-9 from foul line...Scored nine points, added eight assists at IUPUI (12/1)...Three steals...returned to action from ankle injury with a sensational game at Syracuse (11/28)... Scored 13 points and tied career-high with nine assists playing in front of more than 20 friends and family at the Carrier Dome ... Sat out Wis.-Green Bay (11/17) game as he allowed ankle to heal ... Due to ankle injury played 19 minutes in win over Yale (11/14), scored four points and handed out five assists ... With ankle sprain, scored six points at Northern Iowa (11/11) ... Missed Northern Illinois (11/10) game with sprained ankle...Opened year with 13 points vs. Cal Poly (11/9)... Had four assists and three steals.
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2006-07: Named Atlantic 10's Preseason "Best Passer" by Street & Smith's ... Starting point guard in 19 of the last 20 games (didn't start on Senior Night). UMass was 14-5 in those games. Overall, averaged 25.1 minutes, in 32 total games with 21 total starts ... Averaged 7.0 points and 4.2 assists, third in the A-10. Fourth in league in assist-to-turnover ratio 1.84-to-1 ... In A-10 games, averaged 7.9 points and 5.13 assists, second among players in conference games ... Also second in league in best assist-to-turnover ratio in conference games at 2.83-to-1 per game ... In NIT Second Round, had eight points, five assists and three steals at West Virginia (3/15) ... Game-winning runner in lane with 1.6 seconds left to lift UMass to NIT First Round win over Alabama (3/13) on ESPN. Play was No. 3 Play of the Day. Tied career-high with 19 points, making career-best eight field goals along with career-best five steals ... Fifth game of the season with double-figures, scoring 11 points in A-10 Tournament First Round vs. Saint Louis (3/8) ... Made play of the game as he stole the ball from D.J. Rivera with 3:17 left and had a lay-up-and-free throw to give UMass the lead they would never give up as the Minutemen clinched the A-10 regular-season title at Saint Joseph's (3/3), finished with eight points ... Posted season-high eight assists along with four points vs. La Salle (2/28) ... Tallied nine points including a key 3-pointer with 3:30 left to give UMass a three-point lead vs. Saint Louis (2/24) ... Driving swooping under-handed lay-up was the No. 2 Play of the Day on ESPN SportsCenter as well as ESPN's Call of the Day on Feb. 15, 2007 ... In return to his home area at Fordham (2/15), had seven points, five assists and five rebounds including that sensational play ... Had eight points, six assists, six rebounds and just one turnover vs. Rhode Island (2/8) ... Scored career-high 19 points vs. Richmond (2/3), as he made career-best 11-of-12 free throws ... Played great defense at Charlotte (1/28) as he helped limit 49ers to season-low 3-point field goals made and attempted. Also had six points and four assists with zero turnovers ... Nine points, seven assists and three steals at Rhode Island (1/24) ... Tied career-high in points for the second time in five games with 14 points vs. Duquesne (1/21) had six assists in the win ... Despite not scoring at Xavier (1/18), handed out seven assists, grabbed six rebounds and had just one turnover ... Nine points, six assists against Temple (1/13) ... Tallied seven points and handed out seven assists vs. George Washington (1/10) ... In season-best 34 minutes at La Salle (1/6), tied his career-high with 14 points and handed out season-best six assists along with career-high tying three steals ... Drew second start vs. Yale (12/28) and played just 16 minutes with first-half foul trouble, did hand our team-best five assists ... In 25 minutes at Kentucky scored nine points, handed out team-best four assists and had career-high three steals ... Played 26 minutes and helped UMass down the stretch with eight points at Louisville (12/13). Had a key fast-break coast-to-coast drive and hoop to put UMass ahead 57-53 late in game ... Made his first start of the season versus Central Connecticut State (12/9) ... Posted a season-high six assists while committing just two turnovers in win at Boston University (12/6) ... Fourth-career game in double-figures with 10 points including 5-of-6 from the foul line at Jacksonville State (11/25) ... Netted six points vs. St. Francis, N.Y. (11/22) ... Six points and three assists at No. 4/5 Pittsburgh (11/18) ... Played 24 minutes, scored four points and handed our four assists vs. Oakland (11/17) in season debut.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2005-06: Named to the Atlantic 10 Rookie Team ... Team's only pure point guard, led team in assists with 137 (4.9 per game, to rank No. 1 in the A-10 ... Total of 137 assists was second-best for a freshman ever at UMass to Carl Smith's 212 in 1983-84'... Scored 5.5 points per game, starting the final 15 games of the season after coming off the bench in the first 13 games. Drew first start on Jan. 18 vs. Fordham ... Won league's Rookie of the Week twice (Dec. 25 and Jan. 22)'... Lead all players in assists in Atlantic 10 games, with 5.94 assists per game ... In 16 conference games, averaged 36.3 minutes per game, 5.94 assists per game and 5.4 points ... Piled up eight assists and five points vs. Xavier (3/8) in the A-10 Tournament ... Handed out eight assists and had just two turnovers in leading UMass to a win over Dayton (2/25) as he took over the A-10 overall lead in assists ... Tied career-high with nine assists against Charlotte (2/22) and also scored six points ... Played 40 minutes the first time in his collegiate career at St. Bonaventure (2/19), had seven points and four assists ... Tallied six assists along with seven rebounds at No. 7/8 George Washington (2/15), Did have 12 turnovers playing under high pressure in 39 minutes ... With a special ankle brace at Florida State (2/12), scored six points and had four assists in 37 minutes ... Playing on a sprained right ankle (suffered in shootaround), played 30 minutes and had three assists with no turnovers vs. La Salle (2/8) ... Tallied eight assists including seven in the first half vs. Rhode Island (2/4) ... Had six assists and six rebounds along with three points at Temple (2/1) ... At La Salle (1/29), saw many open looks and took career-high 16 attempts (making five) scoring 12 points, his third game in double-figures ... Handed out seven assists and scored six points at Rhode Island (1/25) ... Tallied career-high nine assists vs. Temple (1/21) in helping to hold Owls to just 34 points, playing 39 minutes ... In his career collegiate start vs. Fordham (1/18), played 39 minutes scoring career-high 14 points and handing out seven assists. Had just two turnovers, both coming in the game's final three minutes ... Played 37 minutes vs. St. Joe's (1/11) grabbing a career-high eight rebounds and had seven assists along with seven points'... In his return to Madison Square Garden as a collegian, scored seven points and handed out three assists vs. St. Peter's (12/27) .. Named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week on Dec. 25 after his clutch performance against Siena ... In 29 minutes, vs. Siena (12/23), tallied 10 points including game-sealing running jumper with 1:02 left in the game and a pair of free throws with 49 seconds to give UMass a 75-69 lead ... Handed out seven assists vs. Boston University (12/12), playing after having a tooth pulled that morning ... Tallied nine points making both 3-pointers and handed out four assists vs. Savannah State (11/28) ... Scored seven points, but had six turnovers vs. UAB (11/25) at Tip-Off Classic ... Ran the point guard spot for much of the game tallying five points and handing out six assists before fouling out at Davidson (12/22) ... Began his career at UMass with a strong 8-point, 5-rebounds, 4-assist effort vs. Hartford (11/18), keyed UMass late in the game and hit a clutch jumper to keep UMass ahead late in the game.
BEFORE UMASS: First recruit for Travis Ford at UMass, signing with the Minutemen in April 2005 ... Starred at Mount Vernon High School in New York where he was a two-year starter for the Knights ... As a senior, averaged 12.9 points and 6.5 assists and 4.5 steals per game ... Named to Westchester County's Section I First Team, All-Conference ... Honored as a Second Team Journal News All-Star ... The Knights finished 20-4 in 2005 falling in the Class AA Championship game ... Led the Bob Cimmino-coached squad to the New York State Class AA Federation Championship and the Class AA New York State Public Title in 2004 with a 27-3 record ... The Knights were ranked No. 7 nationally in USA Today's Super 25 Final Rankings ... In the championship game, Lowe made a name for himself with tenacious defense holding future NBA first-round draft pick and then-Lincoln High School point guard Sebastian Telfair to a season-low 14 points in a 66-52 victory ... As a junior, he was named honorable mention by the Journal News ... In addition to his scholastic play, was a standout for the famed AAU New York Panthers ... Also named one of the top point guards at the Reebok ABCD Camp in 2004 ... Mount Vernon has produced many college and NBA stars including most recently Ben Gordon of the Chicago Bulls, who led UConn to the 2004 National Championship and former UMass star Donald Russell (1981-85).
PERSONAL: Christopher Charles Lowe Jr. ... Born on July 17, 1987 ... Son of Christopher Lowe Sr. and Sonya Griffin ... Brother of Brianna (15), Justin (8), Shakown (8) and Mysiah (2) ... Sociology major.
LOWE'S CAREER STATISTICS Year GP GS Min Avg FG FGA Pct 3FG FGA Pct FT FTA Pct Off Def Tot Avg PF FO Ast TO Blk Stl Pts Avg 2005-06 28 15 868 31.0 47 134 .351 5 18 .278 55 80 .688 13 66 79 2.8 75 3 137 90 4 18 154 5.5 2006-07 32 21 803 25.1 73 174 .420 16 46 .348 63 92 .685 12 63 75 2.3 65 0 134 73 5 34 225 7.0 2007-08 34 33 1120 32.9 142 328 .433 21 61 .344 95 140 .679 31 81 112 3.3 70 1 2008-09 30 30 912 30.4 137 312 .439 18 54 .333 81 115 .704 17 70 87 2.9 86 4 193 121 2 23 373 12.4 TOTAL 124 99 3703 29.9 399 948 .421 60 179 .335 294 427 .689 73 280 353 2.8 296 8 678 383 16 132 1152 9.3Lowe's Career Highs Category # Opponent, Date Points 23 vs. Duquesne, 3/11/09 23 vs. Marist, 12/8/07 23 Rhode Island, 2/7/08 Field Goals 10 at Saint Louis, 1/14/09 Field Goals Att.17 at La Salle, 3/1/09 3-Point FG 2 8 times, last vs. Duq., 3/11/09 3-Point FG Att. 7 at La Salle, 1/29/06 Free Throws 11 Richmond, 2/3/07 Free Throw Att. 13 Richmond, 2/4/09 Rebounds 10 La Salle, 3/5/08 Assists 14 La Salle, 3/5/08 - T-4th at UM Blocks 1 15 times, last at G. Bay, 11/29/08 Steals 5 Alabama, 3/13/07 Minutes 42 Alabama, 3/13/07
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