Two UMass players suspended following fight arrests

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.