Notebook: Lowe Talks 'Coach Yow'

CHESTNUT HILL, MA -– Sidney Lowe says he never called Kay Yow, "Kay."

"She was always, even when I came back, she was always Coach Yow," the NC State men's coach said here yesterday, on the day Coach Yow lost her battle with cancer.

"She was never Kay to me. She was always Coach Yow because that's what she was when I was playing."

Lowe recalled getting to know Yow when he was playing for the Pack and noted they developed a friendship back then that endured over the decades.

"She was the first one to come over and actually close my door and sat me down and talked about the dynamics of the job," He said of his first day back as the new coach. "She told me that it was the toughest job in the country, with the other two schools right down the road and Wake Forest right down the road and the expectations.

"She told me ‘it's the toughest job in the country but you can do it,' and she said, ‘just run your club the way you know how to run it; there's going to be folks that are going to have opinions and thoughts and coaching your team but you've gotta coach your team.'"

Asked if Yow was right, Lowe smiled and said, "Was she right? She couldn't have been more right in her life."

He added: "She and I were close when I was a player. She would always stop and talk to me because she told me I was like a coach on the floor and she loved that I never turned the ball over. She always talked about that."

Asked about her passing, Lowe said, "I can't really put that into words. You're talking about somebody that's been there a long time, that's accomplished a lot, that really became the face of NC State when you talk about sports, for a long time, people talk about Coach Yow; and not just the basketball community, but just the community in general, for what she did in the community, obviously, with the cancer research and things. I mean, she's going to be missed tremendously."

Lowe had seen point guards torch his team this year, led by Stephen Curry's 44 points and Florida's Nick Calathes getting 34; so he was worried about BC star Tyrese Rice. His fears were again well-founded as Rice, who hit 32 on State last year, didn ‘t score for the first 10 ½ minutes and then went on to hit for 25.

"He's tough," Lowe said. "I'm not saying anything bad about our point guards, but it's just that there's some pretty good ones in our conference and he certainly ranks up there at the top, scoring the ball, controlling the basketball game. He's one of the best, he's certainly one of the best in our conference, I mean in the country."

The Pack was stunned by BC's rebounding prowess. "It really did (surprise him)," Lowe said. "History didn't say that they would." History, he added, didn't suggest State would get dominated like that (46-25, 22-10 on the offensive glass). "So much for history," the coach said.

NC State turned the ball over just 10 timeS yesterday, their season low in the ACC.

Brandon Costner came into the game averaging 16.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in two games against BC, and had six points and four rebounds. Johnny Thomas hit his first career 3-pointer in the second-half, while Farnold Degand hit his fourth and fifth treys of the season (all in the ACC), the pair totaling three of the four made treys (on 14 attempts) for the Pack on the day.

The Wolfpack, who host BC March 4, are 1-7 against thee Eagles, 1-4 in the ACC, the only win coming here in Boston.

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