In Monday’s epic four-overtime throwdown with Stony Brook University, Corey Lowe scored 12 points in the second half and 21 in the extra periods to finish with 33 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. It was one of the finest performances of Lowe’s three-year career in one of Boston University’s most competitive games.
Thursday night was quite the encore.
Though he only scored five points in BU’s two overtimes against the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Lowe seemingly made every big, clutch or gargantuan play the Terriers needed in leading them to an 80-77 victory. Tying the all-time BU record for career 3-pointers (202) with four treys, Lowe finished with 26 points, six assists, three boards and a steal.
‘I’ve always been a Corey Lowe fan,’ UMBC coach Randy Monroe said. ‘He always finds a way to hit big shots, whether they’re from 3-point range or he’s getting to the basket. He’s got nice elevation on his shot, and he’s a gamer. He finds a way to get things done for his team.’
Yet what’s been most impressive about Lowe’s recent run hasn’t been the sheer point totals or big shots ‘-‘- like Monroe said, he’s always been a gamer ‘-‘- but that he is making an impact on every inch of available court. Coming into his freshman season as a deadly sniper and outstanding athlete, Lowe has expanded his game to dynamic capacity.
Little by little, Lowe’s added the necessary attributes to craft a complete game. First, early in his sophomore year, it was driving to the hoop a little more each game. Then, during the conference schedule of last season, it was setting up his teammates more.
Now, with defenders left guessing at Lowe’s next move, he has fine-tuned a mid-range game that includes floaters, one-dribble pullups, spin moves and even some post-up work.’
‘I thought [Lowe] had real good shot selection,’ BU coach Dennis Wolff said. ‘We had a play there at the end where he had a real good look that he was frustrated, but he got a real good look and just rose up over the guy.’
And with a game that now utilizes every part of the floor, his numbers have risen a level. Though his 18.4 points (third in America East), 3.5 boards and 3.35 assists per game are right in line with last year’s numbers, Lowe’s field-goal percentage has improved from 40.6 percent to 44.4 percent and three-point percentage from 37.1 percent to 39.5 percent.
With the 59 points over the last two games marking Lowe’s highest two-game total ever, it’s difficult not to say that he is playing the best basketball of his suddenly veteran career.
But if you ask him, it’s nothing that out of the ordinary.
‘I always try to play my best,’ Lowe said. ‘But I think this is one of the better stretches in terms of a complete game.’
With the results showing up in the win column and filling the box score, there’s not much more the Terriers could ask for.