Two UMass players suspended following fight arrests

Updated: October 11, 2006, 12:37 AM ET
Associated Press

AMHERST, Mass. -- Two University of Massachusetts basketball players were suspended from two games after being arrested for fighting, the school said Tuesday.

Christopher C. Lowe Jr., 19, of Mount Vernon, N.Y., and Nana O. Ampim, 20, of London, England, were arrested Friday and charged with disorderly conduct.

They're being suspended from the team's exhibition game against Bridgeport on Nov. 4 and the regular season opener against Dartmouth on Nov. 11. They'll also be prohibited from participating in the Midnight Madness event set for Friday,

Police said an officer witnessed the two basketball players and at least seven others punching and kicking a 21-year-old Lawrence man in front of a Starbucks.

The victim was cut and bruised, but declined medical attention.

At a court hearing on Tuesday, the charges against them were continued without a finding, meaning they will be dismissed in three months if the players stay out of trouble with the law, The Republican newspaper of Springfield reported.

Lowe is a sophomore point guard on the UMass men's basketball team who averaged 6 points, 4.9 assists and a team-high 31 minutes per game as a freshmen. Ampim was a walk-on guard who played in four games last season.

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