DOB: July 17, 1987
Lowe's Wikipedia page
at UMass - post-UMass
Guard, 2005-09, #14
6' 0", 160, Mount Vernon, NY / Mount Vernon
* Record current as of 2008-09 season.
Senior year (2008-09) achievements:
- 2008-09 HONORABLE MENTION ALL ATLANTIC 10. Preseason Atlantic 10 First Team Guard and Preseason All-Defensive Team.
- Member of UMass' 100 Seasons Of Basketball All-2000s Team with Gary Forbes, Stephane Lasme, Rashaun Freeman and Monty Mack.
- Fourth season as UMass' starting point guard. Over last four seasons, UMass was 54-31 in his last 85 starts. (64 win pct.)
- All-time UMass career assist leader (678). Passed Carl Smith (633) at Saint Joseph's (2/22). Passed Edgar Padilla (597) at Xavier (1/31).
- First player in UMass history with 1,000 points and 600 assists. Lowe is seventh player in A-10 history with 1,000 pts & 600 asst.
- Finished fifth in career assists in Atlantic 10 history with 678 passing Smith (633) and George Washington's No. 6 Shawnta Rogers (634).
- Became the 41st player in UMass history to score 1,000 points with a running lay-up vs. Richmond (2/4). Finished 26th with 1,152.
- In 30 starts as a senior averaged 12.4 points and 6.4 assists per game. Ranks 9th in NCAA and second in A-10 in assists.
- With 193 assists this season ranked fifth in single-season assists. Also has the No. 3 mark with 214 last season.
- With 124 career games played, ranks eighth all-time in UMass history.
- Eight games this season with 10 or more assists giving him 14 in career, all in last two seasons and all in the his last 43 games.
- Tied career-high with 23 points in final college game vs. Duquesne (3/11) in A-10 First Round, making 9-of-15 field goals.
- Game-winning driving coast-to-coast lay-up with 0:00.6 left at Rhode Island (3/7) was ESPN SportsCenter No. 1 Play of the Day and No. 10 Play of the Week (March 1-7). Finished with 18 points and seven assists.
- On Senior Night, scord 14 points and handed out eight assists in final game at the Mullins Center, vs. George Washington (3/4).
- Career-high 17 shots taken, scored 15 points and handed out nine assists at La Salle (3/1). Moved to fifth in A-10 career assists in game.
- Posted fourth double-of the season with 12 points and 11 assists vs. Duquesne (2/25). Hit 5-6 from the floor including a 3-pointer.
- Set UMass career assists record on first of seven assists at Saint Joseph's (2/22). Hit game-winning free throws with 2.0 seconds left in 70-69 win as he scored 13 points.
- Tied career UMass assist record against Rhode Island (2/18) with five along with team-best 15 points against Rams.
- Scored 13 points, but had just two assists at St. Bonaventure (2/14).
- In final game in metro New York area, had 10 points and seven assists in just 18 minutes at Fordham (2/11).
- Racked up seven points and nine assists against Saint Joseph's (2/8).
- Scored 1,000th career point as part of 13-point, 10-assist, 7-rebound win over Richmond (2/4). Seventh game of year with 10 assists.
- Netted 16 points and added seven assists with just two turnovers in near upset of #10/10 Xavier (1/31).
- Tallied 10 points, handed out three assists against La Salle (1/24).
- Second double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 assists with just two turnovers in win over Temple (1/17). Grabbed four rebounds.
- Netted season-best 21 points including career-high 10 field goals at Saint Louis (1/14). Also added four assists.
- Scored 15 points and handed out six assists in what Derek Kellogg called "his best game of the season" in win over Dayton (1/10).
- Team-high 14 points along with three assists against Vanderbilt (1/3).
- Posted 10 or more assists for the fourth time in five games with 10 in win vs. IUPUI (12/27). Hit clutch runner in lane with 15 seconds left.
- Handed out 10 assists and had just two turnovers along with eight points in win over Hofstra (12/20).
- Scored 12 points and handed our three assists in win vs. #25/23 Kansas (12/13).
- Tallied 23 assists in two games span (home games vs. BC and Holy Cross) after 15 assists in the previous five games.
- Racked up 12 assists along with nine points and two steals in win over Holy Cross (12/10).
- Eighth career game with 10 or more assists vs. Boston College (12/6) with 11 helpers, also hit two 3-pointers for eight points.
- In his 100th college game, tallied 15 points, added four assists and four steals at Toledo (12/3).
- Scored nine points, all in first nine minutes at Green Bay (11/29).
- Netted 20 points for fourth time in career along with five assists vs. Jacksonville State (11/24). Went over 500 assist plateau.
- Scored 17 points and grabbed five rebounds, not credited with an assist at Southern Illinois (11/12) in 2K Sports Classic.
- Opened year with 18 points and 11 assists for fourth-career double-double vs. Arkansas-Monticello (11/11). Had seventh 10-assist game.
Senior year (2008-09) pre-season report from Head Coach Derek Kellogg: "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."
Junior year (2007-08) achievements:
- Third season as UMass' starting point guard. Over last two seasons, UMass is 42-16 in his 58 starts.
- Started 33 of 36 games (missed two early with ankle injury), averaging 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 last year.
- Leads the A-10 in assists per game (6.3), which is tied for 12th in NCAA. Fourth in A-10 in assist-to-turnover 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).
- With 485 career assists, is fourth in career assists at UMass passing Boston College coach Al Skinner (320) and Louisville coach Rick Pitino (329) this season. Next on list is No. 3 Alex Eldridge (518).
- With 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 handed out 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 (2nd low of year)
- Dished out 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. Also 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 just 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 asissts to move to eighth all-time in win over Charlotte (1/19).
- Tallied 19 points0 and added six assists with zero turnovers in win at #14/18 Dayton (1/16). Hit both 3-point attempts.
- Netted eight points and handed out seven assists against Saint Joseph's (1/9). Also 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.
- Netted 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). Also had 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.
- Still ailing from ankle injury played 19 minutes in win over Yale (11/14), scoring four points and handing out five assists.
- Gutting it out with ankle sprain, scored six points at Northern Iowa (11/11).
- Missed Northern Illinois (11/10) game with a sprained ankle.
- Opened year with 13 points vs. Cal Poly (11/9). Had four assists and three steals.
Junior year (2007-08) pre-season report from Head Coach Travis Ford: "Chris Lowe is what I think is the best point guard in the league. I am very impressed with his leadership in the preseason. He worked very hard over the summer. I like the progress that he has made from year-to-year. Hopefully he doesn't embrace success and will continue the uphill climb that he's got. But Chris Lowe has the chance to be one of the best players in the league if he continues with the mindset that he's had for the past six months. I really like that Chris Lowe is not afraid to take the big shot, which he did for us several times last year. He has good court vision. He came through one of the best high school programs in America so so that prepared him for what it would be like at this level."
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 (12/22) 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.
Freshman year (2005-06) achievements:
- Team's only pure point guard leads team in assists with 137 (4.9 per game, to rank No. 1 in the A-10 as
- 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 last 15 games after coming off the bench in the first 13 games. Drew first start on Jan. 18
- 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 and 5.94 assists per game and 5.4 points.
- Piled up eight asssists and five points vs. Xavier (3/8) in A-10 Tournament.
- Handed out eight assists and had just two turnovers in leading UMass to win over Dayton (2/25), took over A-10 overall lead in assists.
- Tied career-high with nine assists against Charlotte (2/22) also scored six points.
- Played 40 minutes first time in 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 tunrovers 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 handed 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.
- Playing time increases greatly after the suspension of Maurice Maxwell.
- 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 most playing time to date, 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 (11/22).
- 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.
Breaking onto the scene (12/6/2005)
Guard happy at UMass (10/20/2005)
Freshman year (2005-06) pre-season report from Head Coach Travis Ford: "Chris is going to be put in a tough situation, he is going to come in and be the only true point guard on our basketball team and he is going to be expected to play. He's coming through one of the best high school programs in America so I think that is going to prepare him. He's got to continue to work on his jump shot but his number one role on our basketball team is to make everyone else better around him and be a leader out on the basketball court."
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 Cromartie ... Undeclared major...Shoe size 11.5.
2008-09 ATLANTIC 10 HONORABLE MENTION TEAM
ESPN SportsCenter No. 1 Play of Day (Mar. 7, 2009)
ESPN SportsCenter No. 10 Play of Week (Mar 1-7, 2009)
2008-09 Atlantic 10 Preseason First Team
2008-09 Atlantic 10 Preseason All-Defensive Team
2008-09 Lindy's Preseason First Team
2008-09 Sporting News Atlantic 10 "Best Passer"
Atlantic 10 Co-Player of Week (Feb. 24, 2008)
UMass Athlete of Week (Jan. 7, 2008)
ESPN SportsCenter No. 3 Play of Day (Jan. 2, 2008)
ESPN SportsCenter No. 3 Play of the Day (Mar. 13, 2007)
ESPN SportsCenter No. 2 Play of the Day (Feb. 15, 2007)
ESPN Call of the Day (Feb. 15, 2007)
2006-07 A-10 Preseason Best Passer by Street & Smith's
2005-06 Atlantic 10 Rookie Team
Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week (Jan. 22, 2006)
Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week (Dec. 25, 2005)
2005-06 Preseason Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team
Lowe's Career Highs
Double-Figure Scoring: 51 times, last vs Duquesne (3/11/09)
20-plus points: 6 times, last vs Duquesne (3/11/09)
10-plus assists: 14 times, last vs Duquesne (2/25/09)
5-plus assists: 74 times, last at Rhode Island (3/7/09)
5-plus rebounds: 20 times, last vs Richmond (2/4/09)
Double-Doubles: 7 times, last vs Duquesne (2/25/09)
Triple-Doubles: once, vs La Salle (3/5/08)
A FEW MINUTES WITH C-LOWE
Full name: Chris Charles Lowe
Favorite Sports Movie: He Got Game
Favorite Musical Artist: Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Jadakiss
Best Concert I Ever Attended: Block Concert by Jay-Z
Favorite TV Show: Fresh Prince
Favorite Web Site: Facebook
Favorite Sports Broadcaster: Stephen A. Smith
Favorite Pro Sports Team: Dallas Cowboys
Favorite Athletes: Chris Paul, T. Ford
Childhood Idol: Isiah Thomas
Hobbies: Making jokes, chilling with my boys
Teams I'd Like to See Added to the Schedule: Arizona, UConn
Best Player I Ever Played With: Ben Gordon
Best Player I Ever Faced: George Hill
Toughest Place I Ever Played: University of Kentucky
Magazine Cover I'd Like to Be On: Fortune 500
My Biggest Fear: Death
Most Famous Person Ever Met: Jay-Z
Place I'd Like to Visit: Africa
Person I'd Like to Have Dinner With: Beyonce
Best Part About Living in Amherst: Teammates
My First Memory of Basketball: Learning how to play with my dad
I Wear My Jersey Number Because: It's me
My Most Memorable Moment in College Athletics: Hitting the game winning shot vs. Alabama
If I Didn't Play College Basketball I Would Play: Football
Who Had the Greatest Impact on My Life: My great grandma
My Most Prized Possession: State Championship and Atlantic-10 ring
Pre-Game Rituals: Pray and listen to music
Best Advice From a Coach: "Shoot it young fella"
Most People Don't Know This But: I like to cuddle
One Thing I Wish I Were Better At: Shooting
My Best Non-Athletic Talent: Writing
If I Had $1 Billion Dollars I Would: Give to my mom, dad, great grandma, and pops
Maine Red Claws, NBDL, 2010-
Signed with the club in January 2010.
Lowe's page on the NBDL site.
Springfield Armor, NBDL, 2009-10
Played in 10 games with Springfield. Averages: 5.0 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.4 turnovers.
Best game was a 10 point / 6 rebound / 5 assist performance on 12/18/2009.
Reno Bighorns, NBDL, 2009
Selected by Reno in the 3rd round of the 2009 NBDL draft, but was released prior to the start of the season.
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